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When is King Charles III’s coronation?

King Charles III formally ascended the throne on September 10 this year but may not have his coronation until spring or summer 2023.

The throne was transferred to King Charles immediately after the Queen’s death on September 8.

The Accession Council issued a principal proclamation formally proclaiming the Sovereign on September 10.

The Principal Proclamation followed, read from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s Palace by the Garter King of Arms.

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When is King Charles III’s coronation? (Image: GETTY)

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King Charles III: Charles III became King on September 10, two days after the Queen died (Image: GETTY)

King Charles proclaimed he would “strive to follow the inspiring example” set by Queen Elizabeth II in “upholding constitutional Government”.

The coronation, which the Royal Family’s official website dubs an “occasion for pageantry and celebration”, will require the new monarch to take a coronation oath.

King Charles will receive the crown, but the event is still some time away.

The Royal Family’s site states the coronation typically follows “some months” after accession and once the mourning period has ended.

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King Charles III: Queen Elizabeth II had her coronation nearly a year after her accession (Image: GETTY)

The mourning period lasts one week beyond the Queen’s funeral until Monday, September 26.

The ceremony also requires an “enormous amount of preparation”, making it tricky to organise soon after the funeral.

However, Britons likely won’t see the King receive his crown until next year, with spring or summer 2023 widely suggested.

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King Charles III: The King reportedly wants a pared-back ceremony as Brits struggle (Image: GETTY)

A delayed coronation wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for the monarchy.

The late Queen ascended the throne on the death of her father, George VI, in February 1952, and her coronation was a year later, on June 2, 1953.

George VI became King in December 1936 after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated, and received his coronation on May 12 the following year.

While King Charles III won’t split from tradition regarding timing, he reportedly will in terms of the ceremony’s traditional opulence.

The source said the King was prompted by “the struggles felt by modern Britons” – a reference to the cost of living troubles experienced by millions in 2022.

They added that, while his coronation ceremony should “stay right and true to the long-held traditions of the past”, it should also “be representative of a monarchy in a modern world”.

The Queen’s coronation cost £1.57 million in 1953, the equivalent of £46 million today.


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