Coronation of King Charles III, from the carriage to the coins: what we know

Preparations are underway for the coronation of King Charles III, scheduled for May 6, when Elizabeth’s son will officially replace his mother who died last September on the throne of the United Kingdom. Let’s find out what we know about the highly anticipated event, in which his wife Camilla will also be officially named queen.

The gift of the Pope and the phases of the ceremony

The coronation of King Charles III will be a moment to be considered sacred, such as the fragments donated by Pope Francis for the occasion, which are believed to come from the original cross where Jesus was crucified, and inserted into another blessed cross that will lead the procession next May 6th. Charles and Camilla will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the Golden Diamond Jubilee carriage, built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, first used in 2014 and equipped with all the comforts. The carriage that will carry the queen and the king to parade among the subjects was instead built 160 years ago, used at every coronation starting from that of William IV in 1831. Camilla’s ceremony will be shorter than that of Charles, who he will be blessed and crowned first. The anointing ceremony will also respect tradition, the holy oil will be poured into the ancient spoon with which the Archbishop of Canterbury will anoint the monarch in three different parts. Soon after there will be the official investiture, in which Charles will be dressed as a king with crown, scepter, orb and the sword of spiritual justice, symbol of the monarch’s supreme judicial power. For the occasion, there will be no shortage of commemorative memorabilia, such as porcelain: teacups, mugs and pillboxes, marked with commemorative emblems, or coins, including the 50 pence ones, decorated with a representation of Westminster Abbey, and 5 pounds, showing Charles crowned king.