Will there be a coronation medal for King Charles III?

Will there be a coronation medal for King Charles III?

  • King Charles III’s official coronation ceremony will take place on May 6
  • Camilla will also be crowned Queen in the event, held at Westminster Abbey 
  • Prince Harry will be in attendance, but Meghan Markle will stay in California 

The official coronation ceremony of King Charles III is almost upon us, with May 6 fast approaching.

After invitations were sent out, with Prince Harry confirmed to appear while Meghan Markle will not attend, plans are well under way for the event. 

The ceremony will see Charles officially crowned as the reigning monarch at Westminster, with Camilla also set to be crowned Queen. 

But will there be a coronation medal for King Charles III? What does a coronation medal look like? What else will happen at the coronation? 

Read on below for all you need to know.  

Charles will be crowned King, with Camilla also set to be crowned Queen in a break from previous tradition

Will Charles have a coronation medal? 

Previous tradition has seen monarchs awarded a medal following their coronation. 

Medals have also been given to members of the Firm, which include other royals, government officials and members of the Armed Forces. 

The exact release date of the commemorative medal to the mark the occasion is unclear. 

It is expected to be handed out after the coronation in May, rather than during the ceremony itself. 

In addition, Armed Forces charity AWARD recently said it would issue its own commemorative medal to mark the event.

A notice about the medal on the AWARD website reads: ‘Available to all veterans who served the crown and those who are currently serving members of the Armed Forces, Emergency Services personnel (paid, retained or voluntary), Prison Service, Police Community Support Officers, holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross and members of the Royal Household. 

‘Next of kin and direct descendants may also apply.’

What will the coronation medal look like? 

The design of the coronation medal is not yet known, but it is anticipated to be revealed soon. 

However, the design and features of the AWARD commemorative medal are available to view. 

A description of that medal reads: ‘The obverse of the highly polished medal depicts The Crown, The Orb and The Sceptre, symbols of the monarchy surrounded by the wording THE CORONATION OF HIS MAJESTY CHARLES III and the date 6th MAY 2023.

‘On the reverse the stylishly designed Charles III cypher is surrounded by the wording PROTECTOR OF ALL FAITHS to reflect the King`s desire to protect the free practise of all faiths in this country and the date of the coronation.’ 

The ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey, where Charles will have the crown of St Edward placed on his head, officially crowning him as King Charles III

Did the Queen get a coronation medal? 

When crowned in 1953, having ascended to the throne the year prior, Queen Elizabeth II did receive a coronation medal to mark the occasion. 

As well being given to Firm members, her medal was specially issued to the 37 members of the 1953 Mount Everest expedition, who reached its summit four days before the Queen’s coronation. 

The medal did not feature any wording, apart from those issued to expedition members, which were specially engraved with the words ‘Mount Everest Expedition’. 

Designed by British sculptor Cecil Thomas, the medal is formed on a silver disc, measuring 1.25 inches in diameter. 

Medals have also been issued to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee.   

What else will happen at the ceremony? 

The ceremony, which will be held at Westminster Abbey, will feature an unusual break from previous royal tradition. 

Charles’ wife Camilla was set to be officially known as Camilla, Queen Consort – a title that had not been used since it was held by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the wife of King George VI. 

The occasion is expected to be a smaller affair than the late Queen’s ceremony, with Charles set to ditch the various outfit changes that his mother had to make.

Charles will be crowned in the Coronation Chair (pictured), which dates from the end of the 13th Century

Whilst some lengthy traditions that featured in 1953 are set to be axed, the highly sacred moment of the anointing of the monarch will be retained.

A canopy of golden cloth will be held over Charles’ head during the anointing, so that nobody else can see.

Charles will swear to be the ‘defender of the faith’, not ‘defender of faith’ – a change that was previously speculated.

The King will sit in the Coronation Chair, which dates from the end of the 13th Century.

After being anointed, Charles will have the crown of St Edward placed on his head, officially crowning him as King Charles III.

The 1762 Gold State Coach, which was refurbished at great expense for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will also be part of the Coronation procession.

Prince William will also take on new titles at the coronation, including being formally named as the Prince of Wales.

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