The King will be crowned in less than two months, and in the lead-up to the event, Buckingham Palace has been releasing more information.
On May 6, the royal family will assemble for the service. What will the Prince of Wales’s position be?
Prince William is anticipated to be the sole royal liege man at his father’s coronation, though the palace has yet to formally confirm his participation.
The Sunday Times claims that Charles has abandoned the custom of the royal dukes bowing to “pay homage” before touching the crown and kissing the monarch on the right cheek, leaving only William to carry out the custom.
Despite the fact that Charles’s coronation will adhere to many of the customs observed during that of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, there are also anticipated to be significant differences.
The modernized coronation of Charles is anticipated to be “rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry” while also serving as a “reflection” of the monarch’s position in contemporary society.
In contrast to the late Queen’s four-hour service, the ceremony itself will last only 60 minutes.
And while the Queen had more than 8,000 guests, Charles reportedly only invited 2,000 people.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the coronation of the King and Queen Consort on Saturday, May 6, at Westminster Abbey.
It will be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry,” the palace claims.
Sunday 7 May will see a coronation concert, similar to the Party at the Palace of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, outside Windsor Castle and promises to feature “global music icons and contemporary stars”.
In the meantime, the Big Lunch team at the Eden Project is also inviting people to attend a “coronation big lunch” on Sunday.
The bank holiday Monday, May 8, has been designated as “the big help out” and is being promoted as such.