The King's Coronation

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abbey. The service will begin at 11:00 after the royals arrive in procession from Buckingham Palace.

Decorative design with a seal at the centre, which says: King Charles III Coronation 6th May 2023

What is a coronation?

Coronation ceremonies are an occasion for celebration, but they're also a symbolic religious ceremony where a sovereign is crowned King or Queen. The history of coronations in the United Kingdom dates back to over 1,000 years and traditions have persisted over the centuries. This will be the first coronation of a monarch to take place in the United Kingdom since that of the late Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Although King Charles was officially made the King after the Queen died in September, the Royal Family will hold a special ceremony to officially crown Charles as King – making him the oldest monarch to assume the throne at 73 years old.

To mark the occasion, the University will be taking part in a number of events on campus. Learn more.

How can you get involved?

A weekend of fun celebrations will be taking place locally and on campus from Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May. From the ‘Coronation Big Lunch’ on Sunday 7 May, to ‘The Big Help Out’ community activity happening on the bank holiday on Monday 8 May.

Get a free flag to wave from locations across campus, or find other fun activities to help you with your Coronation celebrations, including how to make your own bunting, a Coronation playlist on Spotify, and printable craft activities on the official Coronation website.

You can also watch the event on major broadcasting channels such as the BBC, ITV, or Sky, or head over to watch it on campus at Shackleton or the Main Library. 

Please note that the University will be closed on Monday 8 May as it is a bank holiday, and therefore no teaching will be taking place.

Many of the University’s services and facilities will also be closed during this time. We hope you take a well-deserved break but if you want to fit some revision in, find out what Study Spaces are open.


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