A photograph exhibits 4-year-old Prince Charles apparently bored out of his thoughts at his mom's coronation in 1953

  • Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was virtually 70 years in the past, on June 2, 1953.
  • King Charles III, then Prince Charles, was pictured leaning his head on his hand on the hours-long ceremony.
  • The coronation of Charles and Camilla will happen on Saturday, Might 6, 2023.

A coronation is a momentous — generally once-in-a-lifetime — event. And but, 4-year-old Prince Charles seemed like he would have moderately been wherever else than on the coronation of his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953.

A photograph taken throughout the three-hour-long ceremony on June 2, 1953, exhibits Charles leaning his head on his hand at Westminster Abbey, the place he stood between his grandmother, the Queen Mom, and his aunt, Princess Margaret.

Charles was the primary little one to witness his mom topped as sovereign, in line with the royal household’s web site. His then-2-year-old sister, Princess Anne, didn’t attend as a result of she was regarded as too younger, however she did be a part of the household on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.

Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after her Coronation ceremony with (left to right); Prince Charles, Princess Anne and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after her coronation with (left to proper) then-Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Philip.

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Practically 70 years later, Charles — now King Charles III — can have his personal hours-long, multi-phase ceremony on Saturday, Might 6. He’ll grow to be the fortieth monarch topped at Westminster Abbey. 

At 74, he will even grow to be the oldest king topped in British historical past, and his spouse, Camilla, 75, would be the oldest Queen Consort to be topped.

Identical to Charles 70 years in the past, a few of the royal youngsters are anticipated to attend the ceremony. Prince George, 9, who’s second in line to the throne, will maintain a particular function as a “web page of honor” throughout the occasion. He’ll attend alongside his siblings, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.

However whereas the Queen had 8,250 company at her ceremony, Charles’ coronation is reportedly anticipated to be smaller, with 2,000 attendees.


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