The coronation of King Charles III
This momentous event will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 May 2023.
Here is a full list of the timings for events on the day.
All times are in AEST (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane).
- 3:00 PM: Public viewing areas will open along the main procession route in London.
- 4:15 PM: Westminster Abbey guests will begin to arrive at security checkpoints in Victoria Tower Gardens.
- 4:30 PM: Live TV coverage and interviews will begin as royal officials complete the set-up.
- 6:00 PM: The congregation will begin to be seated inside Westminster Abbey.
- 6:30 to 7:45 PM: Important coronation guests are expected to arrive, including members of the royal family, heads of state and former prime ministers.
- 6:45 PM: The Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry will prepare to assemble for the King’s Procession from Buckingham Palace.
- 7:20 PM: The royal procession from Buckingham Palace will begin. King Charles and Queen Camilla will travel on the Diamond Jubilee Coach – built in Manly NSW and a nod to the late Queen Elizabeth II – leaving the Central Arch. The procession will pass many famous London landmarks en route to Westminster Abbey.
- 8:00 PM: The coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey will begin, attended by 2,000 guests.
- 10:00 PM: The coronation is reported to last around two hours (Queen Elizabeth’s last three hours), and the second procession will take place back to Buckingham Palace. This will be on a much larger scale than the route there. Almost 4,000 military personnel are expected to be involved.
- 10:45 PM: The Royal Salute will see the King and Queen be saluted on the West Terrace of Buckingham Palace’s garden, after which the military personnel present will give three cheers.
- 11:15 PM: Fifteen royal family members, expected to include The Prince of Wales, and The Princess of Wales, along with their three children, will take their positions on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Here they will greet the crowds and watch the historic flypast.