Buckingham Palace published more details on Sunday ahead of King Charles III’s coronation, which will take place in London in less than a month.
The future British monarch will be crowned alongside his wife, Camilla, in a very religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey on the morning of May 6.
On coronation day, there will be two processions through the streets of London: one carrying the King to be crowned and a bigger parade back to Buckingham Palace after the historic event, where the monarch and members of the royal family will make a balcony appearance.
In addition to fresh information on processional routes, carriages, and coronation regalia, a new emoji has been created to commemorate the occasion. It will appear on Twitter when coronation hashtags are used throughout the holiday weekend and are based on St Edward’s Crown.
Travel to Westminster
King Charles has chosen to travel to the service on the Diamond Jubilee State Bus. It was made in Australia and given to the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 when it was used for the first time at the State Opening of Parliament that year. It is one of the Royal Collection’s newer carriages.
“The interior is attractively upholstered in primrose yellow silk, and our specific specimen woods are also integrated into the interior.” It is a true microcosm of British and global history. “There are woods from royal homes, explorations, and other countries and nations,” explains Sally Goodsir, curator of ornamental arts at the Royal Collection Trust.
She claims that the size of the car may surprise well-wishers. “It’s much taller than any car on the road today,” Goodsir continues, “and it has this great gold crown on top – wonderfully carved with oak from HMS Victory, one of the Royal Navy’s 18th-century flagships.”
“It’s extremely thrilling – this gold vehicle holding the sovereign, brightly lit inside so that the throng on coronation day can see them.”
The parade will depart at Buckingham Palace and proceed down the Mall, escorted by The Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry. It will pass under Admiralty Arch before continuing to Whitehall, Parliament Street, and Westminster Abbey, where the service will begin at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET).
Procession of the Royals
The coronation procession, which will be much greater in scope following the service, will follow the same route back to the palace. The Sovereign’s Bodyguard and Royal Watermen will also be there, along with “Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth and the British Overseas Territories, and all Services of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom,” according to the palace.
The Gold State Coach, which has been used for every coronation since William IV in 1831, will be utilized to transport Charles and Camilla this time.
It stands close to four meters tall. Its length exceeds seven meters. It is four tons heavy. It can only be utilized at a walking pace as a result, which greatly enhances the majesty and stateliness of this enormous royal procession, according to Goodsir. “It’s a really special thing to witness” because so few monarchies have kept carriages of this era in service.
She goes on to say that it’s covered in painted panels “that symbolizes” what George III, the monarch at the time the coach was created in 1762, thought he would bring to the nation.
“Protecting the arts, such as architecture and sculpture; maintaining peace in this nation, there are representations of Mars and Minerva, the classical gods of war, but they are not at war; instead, they are holding the British Crown aloft.” “There are many signals and symbolism,” she explains.
As the march returns to Buckingham Palace, the armed forces will offer a royal salute to the royal couple, followed by three cheers from the gathering service personnel.
A big music event at Windsor Castle, akin to the star-studded show during the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities last summer, will also take place throughout the holiday weekend, as well as nationwide street parties and a day of volunteering.
The coronation regalia, which are “holy and secular things” symbolic of the “responsibilities of the monarch,” will also be featured in the Westminster liturgy, according to the palace.
For ages, the regalia, which is held in trust by the monarch on behalf of the nation, has played an important role in coronation rites.
Among the artifacts to be utilized will be the Imperial State Crown, which is generally on public display at the Tower of London and was produced for King George VI’s coronation in 1937. At the end of the service, Charles will exchange it for St Edward’s Crown. It is famously heavy, weighing more than five pounds, and is made of solid gold and decorated with ermine and velvet (2.23kg).
Camilla is reusing Queen Mary’s crown rather than commissioning a new one, as originally announced.
Two hefty maces made of silver gilded over oak will be used, as well as several ceremonial swords – the Sword of State, the Sword of Temporal Justice, the Sword of Spiritual Justice, and the Sword of Mercy. Other state instruments will also be shown, including the Sovereign’s orb and two scepters, which symbolize the monarch’s temporal power and spiritual position.
On the invitation list
Over the weekend, it was also reported that over 850 community representatives and essential professionals will be invited to the festivities in recognition of their charity work.
450 holders of British Empire medals will be among the 2,000-strong congregation, as will 400 young people from groups chosen by Charles and Camilla, who will have a special private viewing of the coronation from neighboring St Margaret’s Church.
Royal watchers immediately focused on the usage of the title “Queen Camilla” for the first time on the elaborately created coronation invitation, which reflects the King’s love of nature.
In the early months of the new King’s rule, a royal insider told the associated press that it had “made sense” to refer to Camilla as Queen Consort to “differentiate from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
The insider also said that “all former Queen Consorts have been recognized as ‘Queen’ plus their first name” and that the coronation is “an ideal time” to transfer titles.