Television: Charles Iii's Coronation In 5 Questions.
Eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II of England, King Charles III will be crowned in London on May 6, 2023, alongside his wife, Queen consort Camilla. This monarch, who is 73 years old, is the oldest in British history to ascend to the throne. We offer you a better understanding of the coronation of Charles III and the broadcast of this historic event on television in 5 questions.
"When will the coronation take place?"
King Charles III will be crowned on Saturday, May 6, 2023 in London, England. However, the festivities will continue for the following two days.
The official coronation website (link below) refers to the "Coronation Weekend," which will run from May 6 to May 8.
A "Coronation Concert" will take place on Sunday, May 7 at Windsor Castle, alongside the Coronation Big Lunch organized in the streets and throughout the country.
Monday, May 8, which is a public holiday in both Great Britain and France, will be an opportunity to volunteer for the Big Help Out initiative, which encourages Britons to volunteer locally.
2- Where will the coronation take place?
The coronation of Charles III will take place at Westminster Abbey in London. The 73-year-old monarch will be the 40th king of England to be crowned at this location. It is also worth noting that the highly codified ceremony has remained unchanged for almost 1000 years!
Once the ceremony is over, the king and queen consort will return to Buckingham Palace. They will be joined by other members of the royal family for an appearance on the famous balcony of the palace.
Who is invited to the coronation?
The coronation of Charles III is a highly anticipated historical event, as the previous ceremony dates back to 1953! But beyond the historic day and solemn religious ceremony, the coronation is also a social event with a list of exceptional guests. If you are following this event on television, expect to see members of the royal family alongside the British Prime Minister, members of Parliament, as well as heads of state and members of royal families from around the world.
"What crown will King Charles III wear?"
As tradition dictates, the Crown of St Edward, which is a centerpiece of the Crown Jewels, has been taken out of the Tower of London specifically for the coronation of Charles III.
This crown will be presented to Charles III when he is officially declared king. It will also be the one and only time the monarch will wear this crown, made in 1661 for King Charles II and worn by Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953.
During the ceremony, King Charles will wear the Imperial State Crown, which was made for his grandfather King George VI's coronation in 1937.
5- How to watch the coronation of Charles III on TV?
If some French fans of the British royal family plan to travel to London, most of our compatriots will follow the events live... without leaving their couch!
As the coronation of Charles III is a historic day, all French television channels are mobilizing to cover this event. The course of this day will be commented on from Paris by Anne-Claire Coudray and Gilles Bouleau on TF1 and by Julian Bugier and Stéphane Bern on France 2, respectively starting at 9am and 9:20am.
As for the BFMTV teams, they will relocate to London to be as close as possible to the events. British host Louise Ekland will travel around the English capital for France 2, while reporter Thomas Misrachi will provide live reports for TF1... from a carriage!
As you may have guessed, French television channels will compete in originality to make us experience live the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. On M6, the coronation ceremony will be the subject of a special edition of the 12.45 news presented by Dominique Tenza. This program will conclude a very British week on the M6 group's channels.
To wait until May 6, note also that France 3 devotes an exceptional episode of Des racines et des ailes to the coronation of King Charles III, tonight Wednesday, May 3 at 9:10 pm.