King Charles III’s coronation date announced; Will Prince Harry & Meghan Markle attend it?

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King Charles III was proclaimed the new king of Britain following the death of Queen Elizabeth on September 8, 2022. While he was officially appointed as the king in the succession ceremony a few days after the previous monarch’s demise, his coronation ceremony is due. Buckingham Palace has recently confirmed a date for the same.

The announcement

It has been recently announced that the coronation of King Charles III will happen on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey. Not only the King but his Queen Consort, Camilla, will also be crowned in the service that is supposed to retain many past elements of historical coronations. The monarch is going to be crowned with the St. Edward crown in the coronation ceremony. All the senior members of the royal family are expected to attend the ceremony. However, many are wondering whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will return to the UK for the event.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son

Interestingly, the coronation of King Charles III falls on the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie’s birthday. For the unversed, Archie will be turning 4 on May 6, 2023, in what seems to be a major coincidence.

Coronation details

As mentioned earlier, King Charles III’s coronation ceremony is scheduled for next year and is expected to be entirely different from the one that was held for Queen Elizabeth. Reports suggest that the entire ceremony will be televised and won’t be three hours long like it was held for the late queen. The VIPs and guests invited for the event will be lesser, with nearly 2000 people invited for the same, unlike the 8000 invitees for the Queen’s event.

Buckingham Palace has already released a statement regarding the ceremony and said, “The coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside the Queen Consort. The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”

Talking about Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, it took place on June 2, 1953, 14 months after her accession.