King Charles III’s coronation in London

London marks King Charles III’s coronation in May with a bank holiday weekend and fantastic events throughout the city to celebrate the occasion.
King Charles III with crowds of people around him outside in the sunshine, talking to someone and laughing.
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Celebrate the coronation of King Charles III in London and join in with royal London events over the bank holiday weekend.

When is King Charles III’s coronation?

The coronation of King Charles III takes place on 6 May at Westminster Abbey, where the Archbishop of Canterbury crowns the King and Camilla, the Queen Consort. 

Where will the coronation take place? 

King Charles III’s coronation is to be held at Westminster Abbey in London. The abbey is a Unesco World Heritage Site and has been the location of all British coronations since 1066.

What will happen on the day of King Charles III’s coronation?

Before the coronation service, watch King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort make their way from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in The King’s Procession.

A larger procession takes place after the service at Westminster Abbey, where members of the Royal Family accompany the King and Queen Consort on their way back to Buckingham Palace.

The day’s ceremonial events finish with a balcony appearance by King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort and members of the Royal Family.

What celebrations mark King Charles III’s coronation in London?

London hosts events across the city to celebrate the King’s coronation in May. Check out the best events across the capital, including fun activities and official events from the palace.

Official royal events

Guards, dressed in red tunics with black bearskin hats, play instruments as they march along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace.

  • Listen to the spectacular Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, featuring The Coronation Choir, musical favourites from top orchestras and plenty of star-studded performances. Try to snag free tickets through the public ballot or watch the broadcast live on the BBC. 7 May
  • Expect to spot some of London's most iconic locations lit up with light projections, drone displays and illuminations as part of Lighting up the Nation during the Coronation Concert. 7 May
  • Celebrate the King’s official birthday with the Trooping the Colour parade, featuring soldiers, horses, musicians and an RAF flypast. 17 Jun

Historic royal locations

  • Visit Kensington Palace, the more than 400-year-old central London residence of many notable royals, including Queen Victoria. 
  • Explore the Household Cavalry Museum and get to grips with British history, traditions and pageantry. See uniforms, helmets and armour worn by the senior regiment of the British Army on display.
  • Catch up with famous faces at Madame Tussauds, where you can meet royal wax figures including King Charles III, the Queen Consort, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.
  • Immerse yourself in the incredible architecture of Westminster Abbey, where coronations have been taking place since the 11th century. 
  • Join a St Paul’s Cathedral and Changing the Guard half-day tour to explore the ornate beauty of the cathedral and the resting place of many remarkable figures.
  • Take in the magnificence of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, the nearly 1,000-year-old fortress in the heart of the capital. Spot the ravens that guard the tower.
  • Head to Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge on a one-day coach tour, beginning at the location of many royal weddings.
  • Learn about the royal family as you visit significant royal sites on a Royal Walking Tour, Changing of the Guard.

Will there be a bank holiday?

A bank holiday marks the historic occasion on 8 May along with celebrations across the capital. 

Discover more of royal London and find top royal attractions in the city.