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The king’s coronation is set for May 6 – with Camilla crowned alongside Charles

The King’s coronation will take place on Saturday May 6 next year, with the Queen Consort being crowned alongside Charles, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The deeply religious affair comes eight months after the monarch’s accession to the throne and the death of the queen at Westminster Abbey.

The palace said the ceremony will be “rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry” but will also “reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future”.

Charles III is anointed with holy oil, receives the orb, coronation ring and scepter, is crowned with the majestic St Edward’s Crown and is blessed during the historic ceremony.

Camilla is also anointed with holy oil and crowned, just like the Queen Mother when she was crowned queen in 1937.

May 6th is also the birthday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie – Charles’ grandson – who turns four on the day.

Guest lists for the spectacle have yet to be confirmed, including whether Harry and Meghan will be invited or able to travel from California to attend.

The date also marked the wedding anniversary of the late Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, while the King’s grandfather, George VI, held his coronation in May.

The palace said the date was chosen in consultation with the government, the Church of England and the royal household, but no further details were given as to why it was chosen.

“Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the coronation of His Majesty the King will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023,” the palace said.

“The coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey in London and will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“At the ceremony, His Majesty King Charles III. crowned alongside the Queen Consort.

“The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.”

It goes without saying that the ceremony embraces the same core elements of traditional worship, which has shared a similar structure for more than 1,000 years, while acknowledging the spirit of our time.

Charles’s coronation is expected to be smaller and shorter, with suggestions it could last just an hour instead of over three.

It is expected to be more inclusive of multi-religious Britain than previous coronations, but it will be an Anglican service.

The number of guests will be reduced from 8,000 to around 2,000, with peers expected to wear suits and gowns instead of ceremonial robes, and a number of rituals, such as the presentation of gold bars, will be scrapped.

Traditionally, coronations did not take place on a weekend, but that of the late Queen on a Tuesday. It is not yet confirmed whether there will be arrangements for a bank holiday.

More details are due to be released in due course but the Government and Royal Household will be aware of the scale of the event given the cost of living crisis the country is facing.

The late Queen’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953 – 16 months after she became monarch, and there was speculation that Charles would choose a date in June near or even on the 70th anniversary of his mother’s ceremony.

Special seating structures were built at the church at this time to increase the usual congregation from 2,000 to 8,000.

Security is increased given the high-profile nature of the day.

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