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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, her son ascended the throne to become King Charles III, the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Soon, His Majesty will undergo the official coronation ceremony in which he will be anointed with a double crown and sceptre, as well as a coronation ring, orb, and holy oil.
Ahead of the ceremony, the British media reported a reduced service for King Charles III, both in size and scope, as well as a ceremony that reflects the modern and diverse times in which Britain lives. While Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation lasted more than three hours, King Charles III’s will will reportedly last nearly an hour with around 2,000 in attendance compared to 8,000 for his mother. This is due to both health and safety concerns and the cost-of-living crisis currently gripping Britain, according to The Telegraph.
Additionally, the coronation will reflect more religions than usual and include an ethnic makeup that more closely resembles modern-day Britain. In keeping with its aim to reflect a more modern monarchy, the coronation will also lower its dress code, allowing for ballroom suits where it previously required ceremonial robes.
When is the coronation and what is the code name of the operation?
Previously anticipated for June 2023, which would coincide with the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Her Majesty’s coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, according to The Royal Family.
The event will be called Operation Golden Orb and will take place in Westminster Abbey, where it has been held for the last 900 years. Before her death, Queen Elizabeth II had the 1762 Gold State Coach restored for her platinum jubilee. The revamped car will be a prominent element of her Majesty’s coronation, as will the memento of her mother.
Like the Queen, the coronation of King Carlos III will be a televised event likely to be shown in the mainstream media. More information on how to watch the coronation will be announced as the event draws closer.