When is King Charles III's coronation? Here's everything we know so far

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Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth passed away at the age of 96 after 70 years on the British throne. Her passing has sent shockwaves across the world, with celebrities taking to social media to share their condolences and royal fans looking back in celebration of her remarkable life.

As well as looking back, many are already looking forward – particularly to the new era we find ourselves in as King Charles III takes over as monarch. With that in mind, plenty have headed to Google to ask questions like, When will all our money change over? and What are the Royal Family's new titles?

But, before any of us run down to the bank to change over the fivers languishing in our wallets, King Charles III will be crowned first – marking the beginning of his sovereignty.

When will King Charles III's coronation take place?

Not long after news of Her Majesty’s passing hit headlines, it was revealed that her son, Charles, had chosen the title King Charles III upon his ascension the throne. However, it's unlikely that Charles' official coronation will be just around the corner, but rather in a few weeks or even months.

First, the new monarch and his wife, the now-Queen Consort (Camilla Parker-Bowles), will return to London after rushing to visit the Queen before her passing at Balmoral on 8 September. Upon his return, His Majesty is expected to address the nation in a televised speech, pay his respects to his late mother and pledge to serve the Crown and serve as head of state. The UK will then follow a period of mourning for the Queen, which will stretch to seven days after Her Majesty's funeral, it was announced today by Buckingham Palace.

King Charles III's coronation date, time, place...

Despite automatically becoming sovereign upon Queen Elizabeth's death, King Charles III likely wont be crowned for some time – much like how his mother waited over a year for her coronation.

To recap, after Queen Elizabeth II's accession on February 6 1952, her coronation didn’t take place for another year, on June 2 1953.

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Photo credit: Hulton Archive - Getty Images

"The coronation of the new sovereign follows some months after his or her accession, following a period of mourning and as a result of the enormous amount of preparation required to organise the ceremony," the Royal Family's official website explains.

With this timeline in mind, it's likely that we wont see King Charles III's coronation until 2023 at the earliest, but we still have a pretty good idea as to what the event will look like. "The coronation ceremony [is] an occasion for pageantry and celebration," the website adds, pointing out that: "It is also a solemn religious ceremony [and] has remained essentially the same over a thousand years."

As for what we can expect, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey for the last 900 years – the same place where Queen Elizabeth II's funeral is taking place. "The service is conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose task this has almost always been since the Norman Conquest in 1066," the Royal Family's website notes.

What will happen at King Charles III's coronation?

"During the ceremony, the sovereign takes the coronation oath," the website explains. "The sovereign is then 'anointed, blessed and consecrated' by the Archbishop, whilst the Sovereign is seated in King Edward's chair (made in 1300, and used by every Sovereign since 1626)."

After receiving the orb and sceptres, the Archbishop will place St Edward's Crown on the King Charles III's head and Holy Communion is celebrated.

Who will be at King Charles III's coronation?

It may come as a surprise to some, but this will not be King Charles III's first coronation. In fact, back in 1953 he witnessed his own mother's coronation when he was just four years old. Watching on from the royal box at Westminster Abbey, he sat alongside the Queen mother and his aunt, Princess Margaret.

Similarly, we can predict that the King's children, Prince William and Prince Harry, will attend the coronation – although there has been no confirmation yet as to whether their respective partners, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, as well as their children (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Archie and Lili) will be present.

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Photo credit: Hulton Deutsch - Getty Images

Members of the Houses of Parliament, the Church of England, as well as world leaders and members of the Commonwealth will also attend King Charles III's coronation.

Will Camilla Parker-Bowles be coronated?

Following the 1997 death of his first wife, Princess Diana, and subsequent marriage to Camilla in 2005, there has been much speculation over the last few decades as to whether she would become Queen Consort when he ascended to the throne.

But earlier this year, said speculation was laid to rest when Queen Elizabeth II announced that she hoped for the public to accept Camilla as Queen Consort. "When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me", Her Majesty wrote in a statement that was shared on the official Royal website. "And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service."

As such, unless decided otherwise, the Royal Family's website points out that Camilla will be crowned Queen Consort with King Charles III, albeit in a "similar but simpler ceremony."

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.

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