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When could King Charles' coronation take place? | The Sun

UPON the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, Charles officially became King.

However, his coronation ceremony will not take place for some months yet – here's everything you need to know.

When could King Charles' coronation take place?

Although Charles has officially become King following the death ofQueen Elizabeth II, it is tradition to wait until a sufficient time period of mourning has taken place, before crowing the new sovereign. 

The late Queen's coronation took place on June 2, 1953 – over a year after she ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI.

While no official date for the coronation has been announced, it is likely to take place in the spring or summer of 2023.

Sources have said that the ceremony will be shorter, smaller and less expensive than that of Queen Elizabeth II's.

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It is also said it will be planned to be representative of different faiths and community groups, in hopes of falling in line with the King's wish to reflect the ethnic diversity of modern Britain.

What happens at the 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.

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It will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and take place in London’s Westminster Abbey, as it has for the past 900 years.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will first confirm Charles’s acceptance of becoming King by reading the coronation oath.

Charles will be asked if he will govern the UK and other nations of the Commonwealth, and do so with law and justice.

King Charles, will be seated in the Coronation Chair – known as Edward’s Chair.

He will hold the sovereign’s sceptre and rod, to represent control of the nation, and the sovereign’s orb, to represent the Christian world.

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Charles will be anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop, who will then place the crown of St Edward on Charles’s head.

After the coronation ceremony, the King will most likely stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal Family.

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