As the coronation of Charles III approaches, details of the royal weekend celebrations have been revealed! Here is a taste of the (incredible) festivities...
[Updated January 23, 2023 at 11:18 a.m.] A few months from crown of Charles III , the first details on the celebrations have just been unveiled by Buckingham Palace. The big moment will take place on the morning of May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey. But just before, the king and his wife, the queen consort Camilla Parker-Bowles, will perform a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey . Then, after the coronation, they will make another procession back to the palace, but this time they will be accompanied by other members of the royal family . Then they will appear to the balcony to greet the crowd after a day full of emotions. But don't think the festivities will end there...
Coronation of Charles III: this is what the 3 days of festivities will look like next May pic.twitter.com/BHPx8XK9fE— BFMTV People (@BFMTV_People) January 22, 2023
The day after, On Sunday 7 May, the coronation will be celebrated with great fanfare with a concert at Windsor Castle , located in Berkshire, about 1h30 from London. Stars, national and international, will perform on stage with the coronation choir, made up of several singing groups across the country. A concert that will end on an even more festive note with a traditional light show. One grand coronation breakfast will also be held on the same day, street parties to celebrate the royal event between neighbors. But that's not all ! Throughout the weekend, other festive events should take place in the gardens and other parks of the country.
Crown of Charles III: Harry dismissed after the revelations from his book?
The prince Harry will he be present at the coronation of King Charles III? Nothing is less sure. After the crisp (and embarrassing) revelations he made in his memoirs , Spare , released recently, the royal family could not be more embarrassed. According to Daily Mail , behind the scenes, it has already been decided that Prince Harry would not be invited to see his father be crowned next May . According to The Sun , ' there were discussions within the family, Edward and Anne included 'to determine whether the presence of the spouse of Meghan Markle at this event would be desired or not. Asked by ITV News on his presence at this historic event, the king's son kicked into touch: ' A lot can happen by then ' . A miracle?
The coronation is organized. the roi Charles III , who left his previous title of Prince of Wales to his eldest son Prince William, will officially be crowned in a few months. The crown which will be placed on the head of the son of Elizabeth II has already been revealed by the official accounts of the royal family, on social networks. Made in 1661 for the late King Charles II, the crown was previously on display in the Tower of London but has now been removed from the historic fortress so that it can be adjusted for Charles III's head circumference.
The King will be crowned with St Edwards Crown during the Coronation Service at @Wabbey on 6 May 2023.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 3, 2022
Made for King Charles II in 1661, the Crown has been removed from the Tower of London to allow for resizing work to begin ahead of the Coronation.
If his mother Elizabeth II was (almost) unanimous with his British subjects, Charles III, he is generally less appreciated. On November 9, while the monarch was in York, he was hit by an egg throw on the part of a quidam, who, fortunately, did not reach his target. But less than a month later, on December 6, the king was again the victim of an egg throw during a visit to Luton in northern Britain. The official was arrested and then taken into custody, said Sky News . This time again, Charles III was not touched and was able to continue his walkabout.
But these recent incidents illustrate the faltering popularity of William and Harry's father. According to a survey by the Redfield and Wilton Institute, published by the Daily Mail October 29, 58% of Britons believe he will make a good king , barely more than half of the subjects. But for now, there is no question for Charles III to abdicate and renounce his royal responsibilities.
Before this big event, the new monarch, who celebrated his 74th birthday on November 14, revealed that he had become the Windsor Great Park's new 'ranger' , the estate surrounding Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Before his death in 2021, it was Prince Philip who had this role since 1952. Then, Elizabeth II took over. From now on, Charles III is the 8th monarch to be appointed 'ranger' of Windsor Great Park.
King Charles III has become the Ranger of Windsor Great Park, a role held by both his parents.— Coronation News & Updates (@Coronation2023) November 14, 2022
Prince Philip was the longest serving Ranger in history, from 1952 to 2021. After his death, Queen Elizabeth II took the role.
His Majesty is the eighth Monarch to hold the post. pic.twitter.com/m2braHkXGN
Charles III is already keen to ensure that every detail will be settled throughout his reign. On November 14, the king therefore asked the British parliament to provide some changes to the law dealing with the ' Counsellors of State “, i.e. the members of the royal family who can represent the king temporarily in the event of his absence, in particular when the latter is on an official visit abroad. The son of Elizabeth II first wanted to add to the list of these people his brother, Prince Edward, and his sister, Princess Anne .
Under the Regency Act 1937 and the Regency Act 1953, the first four people in line to the throne, over the age of 21, are eligible to be 'Counselors of State'. This modification made by King Charles therefore removes from this list his son, prince harry , who now resides in Los Angeles with Meghan Markle, and her brother, Prince Andrew, who is involved in the Epstein case.
Note the date in your diaries: the coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6, 2023 . Eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II - which occurred on September 8, 2022 when she was 96 years old - the religious ceremony will be led as tradition dictates by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Since the Norman Conquest in 1066, the ceremony has almost always been led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, details AFP. ' The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in the long tradition and pomp of the monarchy ', Buckingham Palace said in a statement. Charles III, currently 73, will be ' anointed, blessed and consecrated 'by the spiritual head of the Church of England, of which the monarch is supreme governor .
Note that May 6 is a birthday date for one of the members of the royal family: indeed, it is the birthday of little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who will then celebrate his 4th birthday. On top of the market, a public holiday was recorded on Monday, May 8 two days after the ceremony, Downing Street said in a statement. ' The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country ', declared the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The latter expressed the wish that the population ' pay tribute to King Charles III by participating in local and national events across the country '.
It is at Westminster Abbey, London, where the event will take place . Charles III will be accompanied by the rest of the royal family, including his wife Queen Consort Camilla - a title obtained thanks to the late Elizabeth II, who demanded it for her before her death - during a ceremony ' future-oriented ', said Buckingham Palace. The coronations of British monarchs have taken place for 900 years at Westminster Abbey, recalls AFP.
As a reminder, Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953, after becoming queen on February 6, 1952 following the death of her father George VI. For the first time, the ceremony - which had lasted more than three hours, in front of 8,251 guests massed in the Abbey - had been broadcast on television and watched by 27 million Britons, for 36 million inhabitants at the time . His funeral was seen last September by around 4 billion viewers around the world.
While the royal family is regularly singled out for its cost, which is very low among the British (£1.29 or around €1.50 per inhabitant each year!), King Charles III intends not to have the madness of greatness for his coronation. Thus, the ex-husband of the late Diana wants a shorter, smaller and less expensive ceremony than that of his mother.
King Charles III has a personal fortune estimated in millions but, in total, it is the life of a billionaire that he leads. ' As the new monarch, King Charles III becomes the owner of institutions that manage assets estimated at $42 billion, including some of the world's most famous royal palaces and the crown jewels “, specifies the specialized site Forbes .
The capacity of the Abbey today is only about 2,000 people. , which corresponds to the number of people, including heads of state and members of royal families, who attended the state funeral of Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19. Logically many heads already seen at the queen's funeral will be there again. Charles III will normally be surrounded by his clan starting with his sons Princes William and Harry.
But are we sure of Harry's presence? Indeed, the latter has already given an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey for CBS but obviously he still has things to say. ' It's one thing Harry attacks Charles, he can take it upon himself, but if Harry forces him to choose, vis-à-vis what he's going to say about Camilla in his book, I have no doubt that he will choose to line up behind Camilla “, explained a source to the Daily Beast , raising the possibility that Charles will not invite his son if his second wife is criticized in Harry's book... The prince has signed a $20 million deal with publishing house Penguin Random House for a book expected in 2023 .
Note that Queen Consort Camilla will also be crowned during the ceremony, the preparations for which are known as the Operation Golden Orb . She will be the thirtieth wife to be crowned since the Norman conquest. ' Queen Camilla's coronation will come days before the 955th anniversary of the coronation of the first Queen of England after the conquest. Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, was crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 11, 1068 “, specifies the Twitter account dedicated to the event, Coronation 2023.
The cypher of Queen Camilla has been unveiled.— Coronation News & Updates (@Coronation2023) November 8, 2022
Her Majesty's cypher features the monogram 'CR', standing for Camilla and Regina, the Latin for Queen.
One of its first public uses will be on the cross Queen Camilla places at the Fields of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. pic.twitter.com/H4B3n0mbTa
On Instagram and Twitter, this November 8, we were also able to discover the new seal of the queen consort. A mix between Camilla's monogram and a representation of the crown. A C for Camilla and an R for regina, the Latin word for queen. A logo, partly designed by Professor Ewan Clayton of the Royal Drawing School, which can be found, for example, on personal letterheads, cards and gifts.
The sovereign will take the coronation oath. Because Coronation Oath Act, written in 1688, it undertakes in particular to ' Do everything possible 'to preserve the Anglican Church and the Protestant religion. Charles III will be installed in King Edward's Chair, a wooden throne made in 1300 and used at every coronation since 1626. The King then receive anointing and blessing of the archbishop. Charles III will finally receive his royal attributes, in particular a scepter, then the crown , laid on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
While she too must be crowned queen consort, Camilla is already the subject of controversy because of her future crown on her head. Indeed, it was expected that she wears the crown of the late Elizabeth II on which is encrusted a luxurious diamond called Koh-i-Noor, of one weight of 108.93 carats. A diamond that will be seven centuries old and originated in India. It was given to Queen Victoria who became Empress of India in 1837.” In 1852, under the supervision of Prince Consort Albert, it was cut into an oval by Voorzanger, cut from 186 carats to its current weight of 108 carats to enhance its brilliance, then mounted on a tiara with over two thousand other diamonds. In 1937, the stone was installed on the crown of the new Queen Elizabeth. Successive governments of India periodically demand the return of the stone, claiming rightful ownership “, relates the site Diamant gems .
A source close to King Charles III confirmed to Mail Online that the question around this crown was problematic, suggesting that Camilla will have to find another one. ' Times have changed and His Majesty the King is more sensitive to all his issues, as are his advisers. There is a certain tension around all these cases, particularly with regard to India “, said the source.Source journaldesfemmes.fr