Coronation of King Charles III to take place in May

The coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6 next year at Westminster Abbey in London, Buckingham Palace announced.

The service will be a more modern affair than previous royal coronations and will “look towards the future. The occasion will still be “rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will conduct the ceremony, which will see Charles crowned alongside his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort.

During the event, the King will be “anointed, blessed and consecrated” by the Archbishop of Canterbury – a role which has conducted most royal coronations since 1066.

“The Ceremony has retained a similar structure for over a thousand years, and next year’s Coronation is expected to include the same core elements while recognising the spirit of our times.”

His coronation has been scheduled for next year to allow an appropriate period of time to mourn the previous sovereign and to plan the ceremony.

The palace has not revealed specific details about the coronation, but some have wondered if the King intends to make it more inclusive while reflecting his vision of the future monarchy.