King Charles III, Britain’s first new monarch in 70 years, will be crowned on Saturday in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the King and Queen on their way to and from the service line the procession route in central London, while others will watch the broadcast on screens in the city’s parks, at street parties or in their homes, including h. live on nytimes.com.
Here’s what to expect for the day. (All times are UK local time.)
9:10 a.m. (4:10 a.m. Eastern) Troops will begin lining the ceremonial route, which will run from Buckingham Palace, along a central road known as The Mall, past Trafalgar Square and Whitehall’s government offices, to Westminster Abbey.
The day’s events are expected to include 7,000 parading troops – the largest procession at a state event since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
10:20 in the morning Charles and Camilla, the Queen’s consort, will leave Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn stagecoach and arrive at Westminster Abbey, a journey that is scheduled to take 33 minutes.
11 in the morning The couple will take their seats in ceremonial chairs for the service, which will be performed in front of more than 2,000 invited guests. This service will include several stages:
The recognition in which the king is presented to the congregation at each of the cardinal points of the compass.
Charles will then take the coronation oath and declaration of accession on a Bible presented by a leader of the Church of Scotland before going to pray. This will be followed by readings from the Prime Minister, the Dean of Chapels Royal and a homily from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The king will be anointed with holy ointment on his hands, chest and head, dressed in the robes and sword belt worn by monarchs at previous coronations, and presented with sacred objects.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will crown the new monarch, after which the congregation will be invited to shout “God save the King!”, the abbey bells will ring and gun salutes will be fired in London and other British territories.
Once the king has ascended the throne, the assembly and members of the public will be invited to pay him “public homage”. Camilla will also be anointed and crowned and ascend the throne as queen.
1 in the afternoon The King and Queen will leave Westminster Abbey in a mile-long procession with 4,000 soldiers and 19 military bands. Members of the royal family, including Prince William and his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales, will travel in carriages behind the monarch as part of the procession.
1:30 p.m The procession will reach Buckingham Palace and the armed forces will give a royal salute to Charles from the garden. The King and Queen will then appear on the palace balcony with other members of the royal family to greet the audience.
2:30 p.m A six-minute ceremonial flight of 60 aircraft, including the Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerobatic team, will fly overhead, passing Buckingham Palace.
This will conclude the official agenda and King Charles III will retire to take a coronation portrait and have a family lunch. Revelers looking to keep the festivities going can attend London’s street parties and other live events throughout the day.