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PUBLISHED: 08:11 EDT, 15 April 2023 | UPDATED: 08:14 EDT, 15 April 2023
Having ascended to the throne in September 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III will be officially crowned as the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.
It will be the first coronation of a British monarch in over half a century, after the late Queen enjoyed a 70-year reign atop the throne following her coronation.
This was the longest reign by a British monarch and history, with Queen Elizabeth II also recording the longest-ever verified reign of any female monarch.
Read on below for the comprehensive MailOnline guide to the coronation of King Charles III.
Coronation Day - Saturday, May 6
The main event, the coronation, will take place on Saturday, 6 May, 2023.
In line with a tradition dating back centuries, King Charles III's coronation ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey.
The ceremony will begin at 11am, once the royals have completed their arrival procession from Buckingham Palace. People can line the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the royals, with huge crowds expected given the significance of the event.
Following the ceremony, a return procession, following the same route back, will begin.
In the afternoon, 15 members of the royal family will gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the traditional fly-past to pay homage to Charles and Camilla.
Sunday, May 7
Special occasions will continue through the weekend to mark the coronation of King Charles III. Among these are Big Lunches, which will be held across the UK, allowing communities to come together and commemorate the event.
Bank Holiday Monday, May 8
The Big Help Out will take place on the final day of celebrations for the coronation of King Charles III.
This initiative encourages people to help out in their local communities in any way they can, through different forms of volunteering or charity work.
A number of charities will participate in The Big Help Out, including the Samaritans, RSPCA and the Scouts.
Can I go to the coronation?
Members of the public will not be allowed into Westminster Abbey to witness the coronation ceremony.
However, people will be allowed to line the streets as part of a procession through London to mark the event.
There will also be street parties as well as a coronation concert to commemorate the occasion, which will be held at Windsor Castle on Sunday, 7 May, 2023. Monday, 8 May, 2023, has been designated as a Bank Holiday as part of the celebrations.