How long King Charles III could wait before being crowned and what happens on the day
Charles is now King following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was the country’s longest-reigning monarch.
Charles was officially pronounced King at the First Proclamation on Saturday 10 September following the passing of the Queen, however he has not yet been crowned.
When is the coronation?
Charles became King on the death of his mother on Thursday 8 September, but it is tradition to wait a sufficient amount of time to mourn before a new monarch is crowned.
A date has not yet been announced officially, but the Telegraph has reported that the coronation is likely to be in “spring or summer of next year after a period of mourning“.
When Elizabeth II became Queen, after her father’s death on 6 February, 1952, her coronation ceremony wasn’t held until 3 June the following year.
The coronation of Charles will be a streamlined event compared to the service for his mother seven decades ago and will reflect the new King’s vision for a smaller, more modern monarchy.
When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen, a special commemorative medal was issued to mark the occasion.
It was given to more than 120,000 chosen people, including royals, government officials and members of the Army, air force, navy and police. It has not been confirmed whether there will be a King Charles III medal yet.
What happens at the King’s coronation?
The coronation ceremony is a long, intricate process steeped in tradition. Senior members of the Government and the Church of England will attend, alongside the Prime Minister and other leading members of the Commonwealth.
The ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby and has remained relatively unchanged for more than 1,000 years. It will take place in London’s Westminster Abbey, as it has for the past 900 years.
The Archbishop will first confirm Charles’s acceptance of becoming King by reading the coronation oath.
Charles will be asked if he will govern the United Kingdom and other nations of the Commonwealth, if he will do so with law and justice, and if he will maintain Christianity in the nation.
King Charles, seated in the Coronation Chair – known as Edward’s Chair – will hold the sovereign’s sceptre and rod, to represent control of the nation, and the sovereign’s orb, to represent the Christian world.
Charles will be anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop, who will then place the crown of St Edward on Charles’s head.
Although King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort are leaving Clarence house, it’s not known where they will move to next.
The Queen had several royal residence, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor and Balmoral, however it is expected that Charles will move to Buckingham Palace, which he reportedly sees as an essential symbol of the monarchy.
How old is King Charles III?
At 73, Charles is the oldest person in British history to become king.
Charles was born at Buckingham Palace on 14 November, 1948.
He is considerably older than his mother was when she became Queen. Elizabeth II ascended the throne on 6 February, 1952, when she was 25.
Charles is the first new King Britain has had in 70 years. The Queen celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.
Before Charles, the oldest King to ascend the throne was King William IV, who was 64 when he was crowned in 1830.
The youngest British monarch at the start of her reign was Mary, Queen of Scots, who became Queen aged six days in 1542.
The youngest-ever King was Henry VI, who was only eight months and 26 days old at the time of his accession in 1422.
The greatest age difference of an outgoing British monarch and their successor was 54 years and 217 days between George II (born 30 October 1683) and his grandson George III (born 4 June 1738), who succeeded on the former’s death on 25 October 1760.
There are 23 years between Elizabeth II and Charles III.