Why King Charles’ coronation day will be especially significant for grandson Archie as Buckingham Palace confirm date

King Charles' coronation day next year has been announced and it's set to be a very special day for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor...

King Charles' coronation day will be extra special for Archie, seen here side-by-side
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King Charles’ coronation day has been announced by Buckingham Palace and it will be an especially significant moment for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.  

After speculation had arisen in recent weeks over when King Charles’ coronation could take place since he ascended to the throne in September, Buckingham Palace have now confirmed the date next year when His Majesty will officially be crowned. As reported by the BBC, King Charles’ coronation day will be Saturday, May 6 2023 and the ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey. Camilla, Queen Consort will be alongside His Majesty at the coronation and will also be crowned in a similar but slightly simpler ceremony. 

King Charles will be anointed as Sovereign and a crown placed upon his head during this historic celebration. The Palace has said that the coronation will “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future” whilst also being “rooted in long standing traditions”. 

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort as they attend a reception to thank the community of Aberdeenshire

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It is currently not yet known whether an additional bank holiday will be added or moved closer to King Charles’ coronation day as a national UK bank holiday is scheduled for Monday, May 1. Previously it had been rumored that the coronation could be on June 3rd and it was thought that King Charles’ coronation could pay tribute to the Queen, as that was when she was crowned in 1953. 

But whilst the confirmed date for King Charles’ coronation day might not mirror that of his late mother, it falls on his grandson Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birthday. 

Archie will turn 4 on the day his grandfather is crowned at Westminster Abbey. The young royal  has only visited the UK once since his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” as senior royals and settled in the US.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

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This was for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 - a weekend of celebrations that also coincided with Archie’s sister Lilibet’s milestone 1st birthday. The Sussex family live in their beautiful Santa Barbara mansion and it’s not yet been confirmed whether they might make the trip over to attend the coronation. 

With Archie just four-years-old and Lilibet then not yet two by May 6, it might be that the Mountbatten-Windsor children are considered too young to attend the ceremony. Though given the significance of the day Prince Harry and Meghan could always opt to fly over as a family and attend themselves, potentially deciding to celebrate Archie’s birthday with an event close to or later on that day. 

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, wave from the balcony

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Whatever their decision about May 6 next day, King Charles’ coronation day will be a huge one for Archie as not only his birthday but the day his grandfather is crowned in the first UK coronation to be held for almost 70 years. King Charles was himself 4 years old when Queen Elizabeth was crowned and he became the first royal child to see his mother’s coronation as Sovereign.  

Emma Shacklock

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