How King Charles III is scaling back his coronation: report


Almost 70 years to the day after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned sovereign of the United Kingdom, King Charles III will finally get his day in the sun.

Following her death last month, Charles, 73, became the new monarch and his own coronation is set for May 6, 2023.

The date is also the day that his grandson Archie — the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — will turn 4 years old.

Queen Elizabeth was ordained as ruler on June 2, 1953, and her coronation was full of pomp and circumstance.

However, Charles’ ceremony is reportedly set to be a scaled back and more modernized celebration.

“The king has stripped back a lot of the coronation in recognition that the world has changed in the past 70 years,” a source recently divulged to the Mirror.

The three-hour service at Westminster Abbey will be pared down to just 60 minutes.

The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
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The Queen's coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
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As for guests who earned a coveted spot on the invite list, the amount has been chopped down from 8,000 to 2,000.

It is expected that peers will wear formal coronation robes, however, the need for the uniform choices may be modified.

Operation Golden Orb, which is the code name for the planning of the coronation, was first speculated to be held on June 3.

Her coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
Her coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales processes along the Royal gallery with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the ceremonial state opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022.
King Charles with Camilla and Prince William during the ceremonial state opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022.
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Charles’ wife, Camilla, will be crowned queen consort alongside him.

“The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

A view from the rafters of Westminster Abbey during Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation.
A view from the rafters of Westminster Abbey during Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation.
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The religious ceremony will be performed by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

As for Queen Elizabeth, her 1953 coronation was the first to be televised by the BBC and was watched by more than 27 million people.

Her 1953 coronation was the first to be televised by the BBC and was watched by more than 27 million people.
Her 1953 coronation was the first to be televised by the BBC and was watched by more than 27 million people.
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King Charles became the top royal when his mom died, but the coronation will be a celebration of his ascension to the throne.
King Charles became the top royal when his mom died, but the coronation will be a celebration of his ascension to the throne.
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The three-hour service cost a whopping £1.57 million (about $1.7 million, which would be about $50 million in today’s money, reported Harper’s Bazaar).

Charles — who will turn 74 in November — is the oldest monarch to assume the throne of the United Kingdom. His mother was 25 when she was crowned queen after the death of her father, George VI, in 1952.