The coronation of King Charles III is almost here! Following the passing of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the crown has now been handed down to the next in line to the throne, and her son, King Charles III.
After much anticipation, the much-awaited event is just around the corner, taking place on Saturday the 6th of May 2023. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide to King Charles’ coronation for you, detailing everything that will be happening and how you can celebrate the once-in-a-generation occasion with us at Wivenhoe House Hotel!
Who is King Charles III?
Formerly known as the Prince of Wales, King Charles II is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and, aged 73, the oldest royal in Britain’s history to be crowned king. The coronation is taking place in May, but Charles officially became King at the First Proclamation just two days after his Mother’s death. King Charles III is married to Camilla, who will be crowned his Queen consort during his coronation.
What is a Royal Coronation?
After a formal period of mourning following the passing of our previous monarch, an official coronation takes place to crown the new monarch and their royal consort. This is a formal process during which lots of high-profile individuals declare their ‘oath of allegiance’. It’s viewed as a substantial event in history, with the coronation being aired across the globe.
There will be lots going on throughout the day, from the archbishop reading their oath, to the monarch swearing to govern with law and justice. One of the most memorable moments will be King Charles III being seated in Edward’s Chair, holding the sovereign’s sceptre, rod, and orb to represent control of the nation and the Christian world. Millions will then watch the King being anointed, blessed, and consecrated by the Archbishop, who will then place the crown on Charles’ head.
Where will King Charles’ Coronation be held?
King Charles III’s coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey, which is where they have been held for over 900 years. In line with tradition, the ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and it will reflect England’s longstanding royal history, pageantry, and the monarch’s role, whilst focussing on the future of both the country and the Royal family’s service.
Whilst the coronation will not be open to the public, it is expected that all major TV and radio networks will be broadcasting the occasion live. It’s expected that millions of us will tune in to watch the momentous event, with Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation attracting over 20 million UK viewers in 1953. If you would like to be in London and witness the occasion, there will be a procession that will take place through the streets of London once the coronation is over.
Things to do during the King’s Coronation bank holiday weekend
Just when you thought we couldn’t possibly pack any more short working weeks into May, the Government announced that Monday 8th of May will be an additional bank holiday to celebrate the occasion! Not sure how to spend it? Keep reading for some inspiration.
Celebrate with our King’s Coronation Afternoon Tea
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the long weekend and commemorate the coronation, why not join us for a very special afternoon tea experience?
Our King’s Coronation Afternoon Tea will take place on Monday the 8th of May, featuring a live performance by The Knightingale’s Vocal Trio! Priced at just £45 per person, you’ll receive a coronation cocktail, concocted especially for the big event. Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea, comprising of delicate finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a selection of sweet treats, and get ready to enjoy music from the wonderful Knightingale’s Vocal Trio!
Make it a weekend getaway
If you’re heading to London to catch a glimpse of the royal procession, but want to avoid the price hikes and packed hotels within the capital that weekend, then why not stay with us at Wivenhoe House Hotel?
We’re situated just two hours from the centre of London, with excellent, reliable transport routes on our doorstep to quickly take you to the heart of the action. Watch King Charles and Queen Camilla pass through the streets and enjoy a day to remember in London before heading back to spend the rest of your weekend at Wivenhoe House.
We have a range of luxurious rooms to relax and unwind in after your exciting day celebrating the Coronation. Plus, we’re currently offering four nights for the price of three, so make it a weekend fit for royalty and treat yourself to a stay with us over the King’s Coronation Bank Holiday!