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The new King has been busy adapting to his role as monarch following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Charles and his wife Queen Consort Camilla have attended engagements across the country in recent weeks to thank people for their support during the mourning period. Now royal mourning has formally ended, preparations are underway for King Charles’ coronation next year.

King Charles’ coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey, where the majority of British monarchs have been crowned for centuries.

Many aspects of Charles’ coronation are expected to stay the same as the late Queen’s coronation in 1953, including the crucial role of the Crown Jewels.

But there are also expected to be some key changes to “reflect the monarch’s role today”, according to Buckingham Palace.

A statement read: “Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

“The Coronation Ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.

“The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.

“Further details will be announced in due course.”

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Weekend coronation

Unlike most previous coronations, Charles’ coronation will be held on a weekend rather than a weekday.

The Queen’s coronation took place on a Tuesday and it was declared a national bank holiday.

The timing of Charles’ coronation may mean a bank holiday is unlikely, although reports have suggested the May bank holiday could be moved to allow for a three-day weekend.

Charles’ coronation will also be held on his grandson Archie’s fourth birthday, but it is unclear whether he and his parents Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will attend the ceremony now they live in the US.

Smaller guest list

According to the Mail on Sunday, the guest list for Charles’ coronation could be reduced to 2,000 people.

When the Queen received her coronation, 8,251 people attended to watch the historic event.

Guests may also be subject to fewer formalities, with a relaxed dress code involving lounge suits rather than ceremonial robes reportedly being considered.

Shorter ceremony

The Queen’s coronation ceremony lasted nearly three hours, but Charles’ may be slashed to an hour.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “The King has stripped back a lot of the Coronation in recognition that the world has changed in the past 70 years.”

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