The Coronation of King Charles III

The Coronation of King Charles III takes place on 6 May 2023.

You can read details about the Coronation weekend here. The Coronation offers good opportunities for churches to mark the occasion with special services and community events.

Click here for Church of England guidance, prayers and service liturgy and resources for churches and schools.

Here are some of the key dates:

Saturday 6 May: The Coronation takes place at Westminster Abbey, could your church livestream it and invite people to come and watch it together?
Sunday 7 May: Churches are being encouraged to hold services of thanksgiving. Communities are also being invited to hold a Coronation Big Lunch to share “food and fun” together.
Monday 8 May: Members of the public will be invited to take part in The Big Help Out, which will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.

Daily Prayers for the Coronation of King Charles III

The Church of England has created a daily prayer book to mark the coronation. This booklet is designed to be read each day from Easter Day (9 April) to Coronation Day (6 May). It includes a daily theme, reflection and prayer and gives the opportunity to pray for The King, our nation and the world, explore the symbolism of the Coronation service, and reflect on Jesus. The book can be read in churches, in a group setting, or as individuals.

For further information and to order the book, please visit the Christian House Publishing website here.

Coronation Planning Webinar 

The Church of England National team recently held a Coronation planning webinar, sharing key dates, resources and information for the Coronation of the King and the Queen Consort. You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

The Coronation Big Lunch 

The Coronation Big Lunch is an opportunity to bring neighbours and the local community together to share food, fun and friendship in May. A Coronation Lunch pack, filled with ideas, top tips and practical information to help celebrate this national moment. Sign up on the Coronation Big Lunch website here to receive the resources when they become available.

Sing for the King

Sing for the King is an invitation for all choirs to come together in song to celebration the Coronation of King Charles III. A brand new coronation anthem for the project, composed by singer and composer Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, has been released. You can listen to the song below.

Bunting photo used with kind permission from Photography by Chris Boland