The date for the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla was officially announced by Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
The monarch will be 74 years old when the coronation takes place. According to the BBC, royal sources said the ceremony will be “shorter, more diverse and with a much smaller number of guests” compared to Queen Elizabeth II’s almost three-hour coronation in 1953.
It will take place on Saturday, with no official confirmation yet if the coronation will be a holiday. Sky News claims the coronation will likely take place in the morning.
In the sporting world, there were doubts from fans about the state of English football on the day of King Charles III’s coronation. But when will the coronation take place, where will it take place and how could it affect football in England?
Coronation of King Charles III: When is it?
The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023Buckingham Palace confirmed.
The coronation of His Majesty the King will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey.
The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside the Queen Consort.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 11, 2022
He became king on September 8, meaning he would have been in the role for nearly eight months by then.
Coronation of King Charles III: Where will it take place?
As is tradition, the coronation will take place in London Westminster Abbey, as it has done for over 900 years. The BBC reports that the current capacity of the Abbey is 2,200 guests, with this number being the maximum number of guests expected to attend.
How could English football matches be affected by the coronation?
Sport could again be suspended for the weekend of May 6/7, as it was after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
There is currently a full schedule of Premier League and EFL action planned for the day of King Charles III’s coronation, but this does not yet take into account the TV schedules scheduled so far in advance, so those dates are not confirmed.
Given the delay due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Premier League officials, in particular, will have to think carefully about when to rearrange matches if they are postponed to that weekend.
The season concludes on the weekend of May 29, with three midweek places available between the crowning and the final day.
The Daily Mirror sought information from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) about possible postponements, but were told they were yet to hold discussions on possible guidelines.
If the full schedule is not postponed, the games in London could still be in doubt due to security concerns, with more police expected to be required around Westminster Abbey.
Fulham (vs. Leicester), Tottenham (vs. Crystal Palace) and West Ham (vs. Manchester United) all have home games scheduled for May 6 at the time of writing.