WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
King Charles III will be crowned as king of the United Kingdom on Saturday, May 6 – the UK’s first coronation ceremony since 1953. The ceremony will start at 11 am (6 pm Manila time) and will be held at Westminster Abbey, after the king’s procession.
While Charles automatically became king after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022, the coronation on May 6 formalizes the monarch’s reign and the transfer of titles and powers.
Bookmark this page for live updates on the coronation and the days leading up to the historic ceremony.
Prince Harry takes a seat at King Charles’ coronation, but no balcony appearance
Prince Harry, the younger son of King Charles III, attended his father’s coronation in Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, although he sat in the third row and did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony at the pinnacle of the celebration.
It had been unclear until early April whether Harry, who now lives in California, would attend the historic occasion following a falling out with his family.
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Coronation fly-past scaled back due to weather
A fly-past by military jets to celebrate the coronation of King Charles has been scaled back due to weather conditions, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday, May 6.
With low cloud and rain over Buckingham Palace, the fly-past due at 1330 GMT (9:30 pm Manila time) will now feature helicopters and the Red Arrows aerobatic team.
King Charles waves from balcony but no Harry
King Charles appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with his wife Queen Camilla, heir to the throne Prince William and other senior royals but Prince Harry, the King’s younger son, was absent.
Harry, whose attendance at his father’s coronation was in doubt earlier this year after he detailed family rows in his memoir Spare, had no formal role in the ceremony.
Harry had attended the Westminster Abbey ceremony earlier on Saturday, May 6, without his wife Meghan and two young children, who remained in the United States. His eldest child Archie turns four on Saturday.
Commentators had said that if Harry had appeared with his family on the balcony, it would have been a sign that the two sides were reconciling after a rift.
King Charles and Queen Camilla appeared for a second time on the balcony to cheers from the crowd of tens of thousands of people who had packed into the Mall, the grand boulevard which leads up to Buckingham Palace.
Camilla: Who is King Charles’ wife and Britain’s new queen?
After years of being depicted as the most hated woman in Britain, Camilla, the second wife of King Charles, was crowned queen on Saturday, May 6, capping a remarkable turnaround in public acceptance few would have thought possible.
When Charles’ divorced first wife, the popular, glamorous Princess Diana, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, Camilla bore the brunt of media hostility. Some declared the couple could never wed.
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Charles and Camilla return to Buckingham Palace after coronation
King Charles and Queen Camilla returned to Buckingham Palace on Saturday, May 6, following their coronation at Westminster Abbey and a lengthy military procession.
The couple will later be joined by the royal family on the balcony.
King Charles and Queen Camilla head back to Buckingham Palace in Gold State Coach
King Charles and Queen Camilla left Westminster Abbey in the Gold State Coach after their formal coronation ceremony on Saturday, May 6.
Pulled by eight horses, the 260-year-old coach will be cheered by crowds as it travels back along the 1.4 mile route to Buckingham Palace. Named the Coronation Procession, the return leg features some 4,000 military officers.