How to watch King Charles's coronation in the UK, US and around the world

We've got all the details on how to watch King Charles's coronation in the UK and US, whether you want to watch it online or on live TV

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Find out how to watch King Charles's coronation from the US or the UK, so you don't miss this historic moment which is set to take place tomorrow.

The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023. It will then be followed by a number of other scheduled celebrations across London and the UK that celebrate the monarch on Sunday, May 7, and the bank holiday Monday on May 8.

It has been announced that the King and Queen's coronation will begin at 11 am at Westminster Abbey on Saturday. However, there will be coverage of the coronation for the entire day, beginning with a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. Following the coronation there will be another procession as their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace as part of a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’.

The King and Queen will then arrive at Buckingham Palace in the afternoon where they will appear on the balcony and receive a salute from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Armed Forces in the Buckingham Palace Gardens. There are strict timings in place and the King Charles's Coronation schedule is expected to begin early in the morning and finish mid-afternoon.

But how can you watch this historic event? Here is how to watch King Charles's coronation from anywhere in the world... 

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How to watch King Charles's coronation in the UK

The BBC is offering a one-off dispensation for venues and community settings that do not usually require a TV Licence to broadcast the weekend’s ceremonies. The BBC offered similar dispensations for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018 and Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021.

According to the BBC, this means, "those celebrating with events arranged in community settings and streets across Britain, where TV is not usually watched, to screen the live programmes throughout the weekend without needing to purchase a licence. This includes, for example, community venues such as churches, town halls, community centres, libraries and streets across Britain as well as commercial premises acting as community venues such as concert halls, performing arts venues, cinemas and shops. It also applies to any outdoor venues which have the facilities to screen."

BBC One, BBC Two and Player will broadcast live footage and provide commentary all day from presenters and experts such as Kirsty Young who is hosting live from a studio at Buckingham Palace and Huw Edwards providing commentary as the doors of Westminster Abbey open. BBC Two will also have accessibility for deaf viewers with fully signed coverage.

Sky News and ITV will also be covering live footage of the events of the day with their own journalists and commentators narrating the coronation.

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How to watch King Charles's coronation in the US

Like the Queen's funeral back in September 2022, there will be a number of ways that people in the US will be able to watch the King's coronation live.

Sky News provided a live YouTube stream for those in North America who wanted to watch the events of the day as they happened. The actual coronation service will begin around 11 am, meaning those in the US will need to have an early start!

To catch the beginning of the ceremony which may take place at 11.00 BST (British Summer Time) those on the East Coast will need to watch the stream at 05.00 (ET). Those using Pacific Time will need to start watching at 02:00 am (PT).

If you have cable, there will be other streaming platforms that will provide this service. For Her Majesty's funeral, the service was shown on NBC News Now, CNN, ABC, Fox News, and other outlets. These key broadcasters are expected to once provide live footage of the King's coronation in May. Another sure way to enjoy the coronation on TV is to sign up for BritBox so you can access UK broadcasters such as BBC.

How to watch King Charles's coronation from anywhere in the world

If you want to access BBC coverage or you live in an area where the coronation isn't going to be broadcast live, there is a way you can still watch the celebrations. VPNs (virtual private networks) are a popular way to access TV shows only available in other countries.

If you're already confused, don't panic - we've got you covered. Our sister site, TechRadar, has put every major VPN service to the test to save you the hassle of sifting through the web yourself. They've rated ExpressVPN as the best - and here's why.

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If you've never installed a VPN before, don't worry, it's quick and easy. Just follow these three steps:

  1. Download and install the VPN following ExpressVPN's easy-to-follow instructions.
  2. Once you've installed your VPN, open the app and select your server location as anywhere in the US.
  3. With your VPN installed and server location set to UK, you can now watch the coverage on UK channels.

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