How To Get An Invitation To King Charles' Coronation
Trying to get a ticket to King Charles’ Coronation sounds like it might be as hard as trying to nab a ticket to Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour, so popular is the historic event (albeit, we predict, with less silver embellished bodysuits).
Following the Queen’s passing last September, the Palace announced that the Coronation will take place on Saturday May 6, 2023, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
‘The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,’ a statement about the Coronation from the Palace reads online.
It’s understood that King Charles, who attended his mother’s coronation in 1953, has decided to reduce the number of guests at his Coronation and is planning to cut the guest list down from 8,000 to around 2,000. When he attended his mother’s coronation, the then four-year-old prince received his own specially illustrated invitation, which you can view here.
‘His Majesty The King's Coronation will be a momentous occasion in the history of our country. The new Coronation Claims Office will ensure we fulfil The King's wish that the ceremony is rooted in tradition and pageantry but also embraces the future,’ said Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden about the process.
Despite the King being rumoured to be planning to cut down the guest list, members of the public might have a chance of attending the occasion.
Here’s how you can get an invite to King Charles’ Coronation:
You can apply for an invite
Applying for an invite might sound a wee bit desperate (no one wants to attend a party they weren’t invited too, after all), but you can fill out an application form to attend. However, you need to have an ancestor that performed a role at a previous coronation, and you must show your connection to said ancestor. (And no, being a ‘queen’ on a night out when you’re with friends sadly doesn’t count).
'In line with His Majesty’s wish for the event to be rooted in tradition but reflective of today, and in accordance with Government advice, a Coronation Claims Office has been created within the Cabinet Office to consider claims to perform an historic or ceremonial role,' reads a statement on the .Gov website.
You must have proved your ancestor attended a previous coronation
Before Friday, February 3, budding guests were invited to fill out a downloadable form from the Coronation Claims Office in order to prove their right to have a ceremonial role on May 6, and then send the form back in via mail or email. Eclesiastical experts from Lambeth Palace and ceremonial experts from the Royal Household will then assess whether you gain your place on the list.
‘When looking at claims, the Coronation Claims Office will consider matters including whether somebody performed the role or service in 1953 or not, what the basis is for it, and the claimant's connection to those who previously performed the role or service,’ the .Gov statement reads.
'Only individuals and organisations who believe they have a historic claim to be part of the service should submit a claim.'
You can find out more information about the application process here.
On Sunday, May 7 members of the public may also have the chance to attend the Coronation Concert.
The BBC recently revealed details for a national ballot where 5,000 members of the public will be in for the chance to receive a pair of free tickets for the Windsor Castle-based event. Find out more here.
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