The Queen reigned for 70 years, making her the longest-serving monarch the UK has ever seen.
Many had speculated about the date of His Majesty’s upcoming coronation, with a date in May or June pencilled in at Westminster Abbey.
Some even suggested it might even take place on the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on June 2, 2022.
But Buckingham Palace has now confirmed this won’t be the case, instead holding the event on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
The palace said in a statement: “The Coronation Ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
“The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.
“The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
May 6 holds particular significance for the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry.
One person wrote on Twitter: “So King Charles The Cruel has set his Coronation for the 6th of May next year. AKA his grandson Prince Archie of Sussex’s 4th birthday.”
Another said: “Is the King’s Coronation date the same as Archie’s birthday deliberately?”
A third added: “Royalists freak out when the Sussexes release a picture two days after the rest of the family or does anything when a birthday pic of the Cambridge kids is released, saying it overshadows them, but by all means, schedule your coronation on Archie’s birthday.
However, one user tweeted that the alignment of the dates could be considered an ‘olive branch’ extended to Prince Harry, Markle and their children.
They explained: “Coronation day is Archie’s birthday too. That for me symbolises that although the Royal family is an institution, family will always be family.
“I hope it’s an olive branch from father to son and King to Prince.”
Despite their attendance at the Queen’s Jubilee in the summer and her funeral in September, it is not yet known if they will attend the coronation next spring.
Royal commentator Jonathon Sacerdoti told the Express: “Remember, they were present for the Queen’s passing and mourning by coincidence, they had chosen to come to London and Manchester for the promotional tour of their own activities.
“And in a way, it was just fortunate that they were able to be present immediately.
“I assume they would have flown over for the mourning period had they not been in the UK.
“But even then, it’s not necessarily the case that they both would have flown over, that hasn’t always been the case when they travelled to the UK.”
Camilla, the Queen Consort, will also be crowned as part of the service – which is only expected to last around an hour.
Palace officials are yet to confirm whether there will be a bank holiday for the coronation, though with it falling on a Saturday some sources say it’s unlikely.
Some members of parliament, though, are said to be in favour of a public holiday despite reports that other government officials are afraid a bank holiday would impact economic growth.
The additional bank holiday for the Queen’s Jubilee was blamed for a fall in GDP in June.
Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg seemed relaxed about this and said it would be ‘perfectly reasonable’ to ‘have a day off’, noting the effect on the economy will ‘not be enormous’.
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