The countdown is on for the Coronation of King Charles III, which will take place in London on Saturday, May 6th, 2023. Whether you’re a royal enthusiast from near or far, being surrounded by the atmosphere of London during a coronation is a memorable experience. This is a unique chance to see the city bustling with energy and cheer, decked out with flags, and be a part of an important moment in English history. For a comfortable stay, book your London Perfect vacation rental now while the prime dates in May are still available!
Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey
When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, her Coronation in Westminster Abbey was watched by people around the world on television. On May 6, 2023, all eyes will once again be on Westminster Abbey as King Charles III will be crowned alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort. Westminster Abbey has been Britain’s coronation church since William the Conqueror was crowned there in 1066. Following this long tradition, King Charles III will be the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned in this beautiful setting.
The Service will begin with a procession, known as “The King’s Procession,” of The King and The Queen Consort from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey where the Archbishop of Canterbury will lead the solemn religious ceremony. The King will be crowned with St. Edward’s Crown while Camilla will be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, each one with a fascinating history. Expect to hear beautiful music, including twelve pieces commissioned especially for the Coronation.
After the service, the newly crowned King and The Queen Consort will return to Buckingham Palace accompanied by other members of the Royal Family in the grand celebratory “Coronation Procession.” Expect plenty of pomp and ceremony … and a very enthusiastic crowd lining the roads along the way! The crowds will gather in front of Buckingham Palace for a glimpse of The King and Queen Consort and the Royal Family on the balcony – a favorite part of the eventful day.
Coronation celebrations are planned for the long weekend from Saturday, May 6th to Monday, May 8th, a special Bank Holiday in honour of the Coronation. Over the weekend expect to see Coronation Big Lunches popping up across the country. On the evening of Sunday, May 7th, a spectacular Coronation Concert with global music icons will be held at Windsor Castle and broadcast live by the BBC. Plan your own Coronation Concert viewing in the comfort of your London Perfect vacation rental, or head out to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere in London.
Check the official royal website for the latest details of the Coronation events.
Why not add a royal touch to your London holiday by visiting the most impressive royal palaces in and around London? Admire the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, stroll through King Henry VIII’s magnificent home and gardens at Hampton Court Palace or take a tour of Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria’s birthplace and childhood home. There will also be many special exhibitions and events around London celebrating King Charles III to enjoy during your stay.
Visit Windsor from London
While tickets to the Coronation Concert in Windsor are being offered by ballot only, you can still enjoy exploring Windsor on an easy trip from London. Home to Windsor Castle, with over 1,000 years of history, there’s also a beautiful park to explore as well as the towns of Windsor and Eton for a dose of classic English charm. Step inside St. George’s Chapel, the final resting place of Queen Elizabeth II. Read more here about planning a day trip to Windsor Castle from London.
Where to Stay in London for the Coronation of King Charles III
Enjoy moments of tranquility during the festive events in a comfortable vacation rental in the heart of London. Our lovely Christie and Leicester one-bedroom apartments offer a stylish stay in the equally stylish Kensington and Notting Hill neighborhoods. If you’re traveling with a larger group or family, our three-bedroom Sloane vacation rental is in a fashionable spot between Knightsbridge and Chelsea. Or truly feel at home in London at The Gloucester, a spacious four-bedroom London home set on the famous Cornwall Gardens in Kensington.
Dates for the coronation of King Charles III are booking quickly. Contact our team for help planning an unforgettable stay in London!