The King: coronation date set for Saturday 6th May 2023

Tuesday, 11th October 2022

The high Altar on the Abbey. A gold-gilded panel is at the back and an altar and candlesticks appear in front.

Buckingham Palace has announced that His Majesty The King will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May 2023.

The Queen Consort will be crowned alongside him. The last time a Queen Consort was crowned was on 12th May 1937 when the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth was held in the Abbey.

The ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

A statement from Buckingham Palace today said:

‘The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry. Further details will be announced in due course.’

It is expected that The King will sign a Proclamation formally declaring the date of the Coronation at a meeting of the Privy Council later this year.

The Dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, said:

'Sovereignty is constant. In Westminster Abbey, where our kings and queens have been crowned since 1066 we celebrate and tell the long story of a monarchy faithful to God and God’s people. It is a huge privilege for us to write the next page.'

Coronations at the Abbey

The first documented coronation at Westminster Abbey was for William the Conqueror on 25th December 1066. There have been 38 coronation ceremonies for reigning monarchs. The last coronation to take place at the Abbey was for Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953.

From coronations to weddings and burials, every monarch has forged a strong bond with the Abbey which is a Royal Peculiar responsible to the Sovereign alone.

Find out more about Coronations at the Abbey.