Just as Queen Elizabeth II, the King will be crowned with the St Edward’s Crown, which is made of solid gold and features over 400 gemstones, including rubies, garnets and sapphires.
Over 8,000 guests from 129 nations travelled to Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 but, in contrast, guests at 2023’s Coronation will be limited to 2,000 to accommodate health and safety restrictions.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, confirming Charles’s acceptance of becoming King via the coronation oath.
The King will be asked if he will govern the United Kingdom and other nations of the Commonwealth with law and justice and if he will maintain Christianity in the nation.
He will be seated in the Coronation Chair, known as Edward’s Chair, holding the sovereign’s sceptre and rod, to represent his control of the nation, and the sovereign’s orb, to represent the Christian world.
After being anointed, blessed and consecreated by the Archbishop, Charles will have the crown of St Edward placed on his head, officially crowning him as King Charles III.