First of all, it probably won’t take place until a few months after he becomes King. Why? Read below.
Prince Charles has been the heir apparent to the British throne since he was three years old.
In fact, he was just four-years-old when he sat between his grandmother, the Queen mother, and his aunt, Princess Margaret at his mother’s coronation in the year 1953.
When the Prince of Wales will become the King of the United Kingdom the wheels of tradition will be set in motion almost immediately.
British and European royalty expert, Marlene Koenig told The Royal UK:-
“Essentially, the moment Queen Elizabeth dies, Prince Charles will be King. After the Royal Family is informed of Her Majesty’s death, the prime minister and the government are told of the sovereign’s death”.
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“First, a special counsel will gather at St. James Palace in Westminster to handle the process of accession. It is done when a new sovereign takes the throne upon the death of the previous King or Queen”.
But Charles’ official coronation won’t actually take place for at least a few months after the accession.
There is a reason behind it. As because of the death of the Queen, there will be a period of mourning. Queen Elizabeth’s own coronation took place on June 2, 1953. That is four months after her accession on February 6, 1952.
For more than 900 years, the coronation of a sovereign has taken place at Westminster Abbey. It is a long service. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the officiant and places the crown on the new sovereign’s head.
“During the ceremony, Prince Charles will take the coronation oath to rule according to the law and to exercise justice with mercy and to maintain the Church of England”, according to the royal family’s website.
Prince Charles will be anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop. He will then receive the orb and sceptres. After homage is paid by the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior peers, Holy Communion will be celebrated.
The major elements of the Coronation will not change.
Royal expert, Koenig added: “It has been suggested that his coronation will include elements from other faiths in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
“The service will remain a Church of England service, but other religious leaders could give readings”.
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Though Prince Charles will be in his 70’s or 80’s when he ascends the throne, he says he will look to his mother’s example as a 25-year-old new Queen. According to Prince Charles, his beloved mother had an amazing poise and natural grace.