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The coronation is centred around a solemn religious ceremony and has remained largely unchanged for over a thousand years. For the last 900 years, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London and is conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Coronation in 2023

The coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Camilla is also a time for celebration across the nation and the Commonwealth, over a weekend of special events:

  1. Saturday 6 May the coronation ceremony takes place at Westminster Abbey, London.

  2. Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May will see Coronation Big Lunches up and down the country and across the Commonwealth.

  3. Sunday May 7 a spectacular Coronation Concert will be performed at Windsor Castle with iconic locations across the UK lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.

  4. Monday 8 May a special Bank Holiday has been proclaimed by the UK Prime Minister in honour of the coronation, giving everyone the opportunity to join in with their communities and good causes through Big Help Out activities.

What does the Coronation involve?

The coronation of a new Sovereign takes place in the months after their accession, following a period of mourning. In a similar but simpler ceremony, Her Majesty The Queen Camilla will also be crowned alongside His Majesty The King as part of the service on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey.