After Queen Elizabeth II died, her eldest son ascended the throne to become King Charles III.
The late Queen reigned for 70 years, having celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, meaning she was the only monarch many people in Britain have ever known.
Britain is currently mourning the late Queen and although he has already ascended the throne, the coronation of the new king will not take place for some time.
But when exactly will the coronation take place and what will it mean for the monarchy and the rest of the country?
When did Charles become king?
When Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, September 8, Charles officially became king.
However, it is traditional to wait until sufficient time of mourning has taken place before crowning the new sovereign.
A great preparation is also necessary to organize the ceremony.
What is the date of the coronation of King Charles III?
An official coronation date has yet to be announced, but the Telegraph reported it is likely to be in the spring or summer of 2023, following a period of mourning for the late Queen.
The late Queen’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953 after her accession on February 6, 1952, more than a year after her accession to the throne.
How will the official coronation unfold?
The coronation of King Charles III is expected to be designed in line with his vision of a smaller, more modern monarchy.
The king will be crowned alongside his queen consort, Camilla.
Sources have said the ceremony will be shorter, smaller and cheaper than Queen Elizabeth II’s. It is also said that it will be expected to be representative of different faiths and community groups – in keeping with the King’s wish to reflect the ethnic diversity of modern Britain.
The coronation will include the oath required by law and many ceremonies that were seen in the service of the late Queen, such as the anointing with consecrated oil, the presentation of the orb and the enthronement itself.
Just like Queen Elizabeth II, the king will be crowned with St Edward’s Crown, which is solid gold and features more than 400 precious stones, including rubies, garnets and sapphires.
More than 8,000 guests from 129 nations traveled to Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, but, by contrast, guests at the King’s coronation will be limited to 2,000 to accommodate restrictions on health and safety.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, confirming Charles’s acceptance to become king through the coronation oath.
The king will be asked if he will rule the UK and other Commonwealth nations with law and justice and if he will uphold Christianity in the nation.
He will be seated in the coronation chair, known as Edward’s chair, holding the ruler’s scepter and rod, to represent his control over the nation, and the ruler’s orb, to represent the Christian world.
After being anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop, Charles will have St Edward’s Crown placed on his head, officially crowning him as King Charles III.
What is Operation Golden Orb?
Operation Golden Orb is the code name under which plans for the coronation of King Charles had been drawn up and discussions had taken place for many years.
What will happen when King Charles is officially crowned?
After the coronation ceremony, the King will most likely stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside other key members of the Royal Family.
King Charles III and the Queen Consort will move from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace – a move that has prompted redundancies at the King’s former home.
Around 100 staff were given written notice of dismissal on Monday (September 12), with a Palace spokesman saying the job cuts were “inevitable”.
The coronation will see Prince William take on new titles, including being officially named Prince of Wales.
During King Charles’ reign, we could focus less on the extended royal family, with only the king’s sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren taking on public roles.
Will The Coronation be televised?
It is likely that the King’s coronation will be televised, especially as the Membership Council on Saturday 10 September was televised for the first time.
The late Queen’s coronation was the first to be televised and came at her own request. An estimated 27 million people in the UK watched the ceremony on television, including 11 million on the radio.
Who will pay for the coronation?
The government is paying for the coronation and the king is said to have expressed a wish that his service be seen as “of good value” given that it comes during a cost of living crisis.
Will Camilla become queen?
The Duchess of Cornwall will be crowned Queen alongside her husband Charles at her coronation. She will take the title of Queen Consort, according to Her Majesty’s wishes on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022.
The King paid tribute to the “unwavering devotion to duty” of his “beloved wife” Camilla in his first address to the nation.
The Queen Consort will have the platinum and diamond crown made for the Queen Mother’s coronation in 1937 placed on her head.
How old is King Charles?
King Charles III is 73 years old. He was the oldest heir apparent in British history and the oldest monarch to be crowned in British history.
This article is updated with the latest information.