While there’s been a little controversy surrounding his coronation, preparation is underway for King Charles III to officially take the crown.
It’s true, he has already stepped into his new duties since the death of Queen Elizabeth, but he is about to be officially crowned the King of England.
Here’s everything you want and need to know surrounding the coronation of King Charles III.
What, Exactly, Is A Coronation?
It is a bit hard for people in the U.S. to grasp the concept of a coronation, as we don’t dabble in the royal sector.
It’s kind of like a Presidential Inauguration, but much, much more.
According to the BBC, a coronation is a “religious ceremony during which a sovereign is crowned and the physical act of placing a crown on a monarch’s head.”
While King Charles III has been king since Elizabeth passed away in September, the coronation is more of a symbolic process that formalizes the transfer of titles and powers.
When Is The Coronation Of King Charles III?
The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday, May 8th.
What Time Is The Coronation Of King Charles III?
Buckingham Palace hasn’t confirmed an exact start time for the coronation.
If we base it on the time of day that Queen Elizabeth was crowned back in 1953, the start time will be about 11:15am local time — that’s 6:15am for us living on the East Coast of the U.S.
Where Will The Coronation Of King Charles III Take Place?
It has to be somewhere pretty big, because 2,000 people have been invited to the special event.
The Coronation of King Charles III will go down at Westminster Abbey — the same place coronations have taken place for the last 900 years.
Who Will Be Attending The Coronation Of King Charles III?
This is an invitation-only event, set by the government of England.
While the guest list will be limited, there will be about 2,000 people in attendance.
To put things in a little perspective, there were close to 8,000 people invited to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
According to Yahoo, “the guest list will include the royal family, representatives from the House of Parliament and prominent politicians from around the world.”
Who Will Be Performing At The Coronation Of King Charles III?
Celebrities like Elton John, Adele, Harry Styles, and Ed Sheeran were all invited to perform, but turned down the opportunity.
So, who will actually be appearing?
We can expect performances by Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue, Take That — a British band, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Lionel Richie.
Will Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Be At The Coronation of King Charles III?
They did, in fact, receive an invitation to the event.
Now, whether they choose to attend has yet to be confirmed.
Where Can You Watch The Coronation Of King Charles III?
The bottom line is that we don’t exactly know.
You can probably expect the ceremony to be broadcast on live TV, but we just don’t know exactly where as of yet.
As the event gets closer, we will find out exactly where you can stream the live broadcast.
What do you think? Will you be watching? It is history in the making.