King Charles will reportedly be crowned on June 3 next year.
His Majesty’s ceremony will take place almost 70 years after the coronation of his mother Queen Elizabeth, which took place on June 2, 1953, when she was 25.
Bloomberg reports that unnamed royal officials plan to crown Charles on June 3 and are discussing which days will be made national holidays in honor of the event.
An official confirmation of the date of Charles’ coronation has not yet been made, but it is expected in the near future.
Bloomberg said Wednesday (10/5/22) of the apparent plan for June 3: “Government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity before a public announcement, said plans are converging on that Saturday in early summer, although there is debate over what other days the official weekend will still be. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.”
It is likely that Friday, June 2, will be a coronation day for Charles, who will be 73 when he is crowned on June 3.
The late queen, who died on September 8 aged 96 at her home in Balmoral, was crowned 16 months after becoming monarch, although the official ceremony is usually held within a year of a royal’s accession to the throne.
Charles turns 74 in November and will become the oldest British monarch to be crowned, surpassing King William IV, who was 64 when he took the crown in 1830.
It has been reported that he intends to have a less expensive, smaller and shorter coronation due to the cost of living crisis that is plaguing Britain.
He is also said to want his state-sponsored ceremony to signal his mission to create a more financially viable royal family.
The Queen’s iconic coronation, which will take place 70 years from now until 2023, cost £1.57 million, the equivalent of £46 million today.
A royal source previously told the Daily Telegraph of Charles’ plans for the coronation: “It will be shorter, quicker, smaller, cheaper and more representative of different social groups and faiths.”
The new king’s vows are expected to remain the same as the queen’s, but fewer guests are expected to be invited and may be capped at 2,000.
Fewer royals and world dignitaries may also attend, and the ceremony, which lasted up to three hours when Queen Elizabeth was crowned, is likely to be shortened, partly because of Charles’ age.
More than 8,000 guests representing 129 countries descended on Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s coronation, which was so full that VIPs were forced to sit on makeshift benches.