King Charles III coronation: When is it? Will Camilla be crowned? Who is performing?
The U.K. is less than a week away from King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla's coronation.
The May 6 event will mark the first time in 70 years that Britain has crowned a new monarch. The last coronation took place for the late Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.
On April 9, Buckingham Palace announced the official plan for Charles' coronation service including his procession route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey to the coronation procession after being crowned.
Here's everything we know about Charles' big day.
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When is King Charles' coronation?
Charles' coronation will take place on May 6. The official service will begin at Westminster Abbey at 6 a.m. EST (11 a.m. British Standard Time).
Prior to the coronation service, Charles and Camilla will be traveling from Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee state coach.
Who is attending?
Much of the royal family will be there, including Prince Harry, who will attend while his wife, Duchess Meghan, will stay in California with their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. Archie's birthday falls on the same day as the coronation.
Prince William, who is first in line to the throne, and his wife Princess Kate will likely play a major role in the coronation.
William and Kate's 9-year-old son Prince George, who is second in line to the throne, is one of the eight selected "Pages of Honour" selected to tend Charles and Camilla on coronation day.
It's unclear what role, if any, the Prince and Princess of Wales' daughter Princess Charlotte, 7, and youngest son Prince Louis, 5, will have at the coronation.
What is the king's procession route?
Charles and Camilla will depart Buckingham Palace, proceed down The Mall, pass through the Admiralty Arch leading to Trafalgar Square, continue past Whitehall, and travel along Parliament Street to Broad Sanctuary before finally reaching the Sanctuary building of Westminster Abbey, where the coronation service will begin.
The couple will be traveling in the Diamond Jubilee state coach, which was created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II's reign in 2012.
The coach's interior includes samples of wood, metals and other materials from Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the historic Mary Rose ship and other notable landmarks in British history.
What happens at King Charles' coronation?
The coronation will be a solemn religious ceremony, known as Operation Golden Orb, presided over by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Westminster Abbey.
Charles will arrive in the King's Robe of State, a crimson velvet robe worn by his grandfather King George VI at his coronation in 1937.
In the most sacred part of the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will anoint the king with oil, consecrating him and setting him apart from his subjects. A screen will cover Charles at this moment, and the anointing won’t be visible on television or to most people in the abbey, except for a few senior members of the clergy.
This will be followed by the presentation of the coronation regalia, sacred objects like the orb and scepter that symbolize the monarch’s power and responsibilities.
In another innovation that reflects the changed religious landscape in Britain, members of the House of Lords from the Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh traditions will present the king with objects with no explicit Christian symbolism.
Following tradition, Charles will be crowned with St. Edward's crown. The crown was made for King Charles II in 1661 as a replacement for a medieval crown that melted down in 1649.
Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth, wore the same crown at her 1953 coronation.
Will Camilla be crowned?
Per tradition, Camilla will be coronated alongside Charles in a "similar but simpler ceremony," according to Buckingham Palace.
The queen consort will arrive in a crimson velvet Robe of State like Charles. Camilla's was originally made for Elizabeth II in 1953.
Camilla will be crowned with Queen Mary's crown, marking the first time an existing crown was used for the queen consort's coronation.
What will King Charles, Camilla do after the coronation?
After being crowned, Charles and Camilla will participate in the coronation procession, taking the same route from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace.Charles will change into the Robe of Estate, a purple silk velvet robe with gold embroidery that was originally worn by King George VI. Camilla will also change into a Robe of Estate, but her is being made from scratch.
The couple will travel in the Gold State coach, which has been used at every coronation since 1831. The coach was last used for Elizabeth II during her Platinum Jubilee pageant in June.
Their Majesties procession to Buckingham Palace will be a bigger event including armed forces from across the British Commonwealth and overseas territories. Upon return, the couple will receive a Royal Salute and three cheers from the military service personnel.
Charles and Camilla will be joined by other members of the royal family and an appearance on the palace balcony once the procession concludes.
Who is performing at the coronation concert?
On May 7, there will be a special coronation concert at Windsor Castle open to a ticketed audience. The concert will be broadcast in the U.K. on BBC.
BBC announced the long-awaited list of performers on April 14, which includes "American Idol" judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as well as local British stars Take That, Andrea Bocelli, Sir Bryn Terfel, Freya Ridings and Alexis Ffrench.
A choir drawn from amateur troupes across the U.K., including refugee choirs, National Health Service choirs, LGBTQ singing groups and deaf signing choirs are also expected to perform. The "Coronation Choir'' will perform alongside another one made up of singers from across the Commonwealth who will appear virtually during the televised concert.
What else is happening around the U.K. for the coronation?
The palace is asking neighborhoods around the nation to take part in the "Coronation Big Lunch'' on May 7 – the latest incarnation of the block parties that have become a staple of big royal celebrations.
On May 8, the palace is inviting people around the country to take part in ''The Big Help Out,'' encouraging them to volunteer in their own communities.
"The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas,'' the palace said in a statement. "The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the coronation weekend.''
A full list of local coronation activities is located here.
Contributing: Danica Kirka, The Associated Press
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Contributing: Danica Kirka, The Associated Press