What time is the coronation of King Charles III and how to watch it?

King Charles III outside Buckingham Palace

King Charles III will be formally proclaimed monarch by the Council of Accession on Saturday (Image: Rex Shutterstock)

After the sad death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, the former Prince of Wales is now King Charles III.

Although he has already been named a monarch – paying tribute to the Queen on her “last, great journey” in his first address to the nation on Friday – he will be formally named king by the Council of Accession in a ceremony on Saturday.

This ceremony, which will take place at St James’s Palace, according to tradition, will be televised for the first time in history.

But when is it and how can you watch it?

Here’s what you need to know…

What time is the accession of King Charles III?

The Ascension of King Charles III will take place at 10am on Saturday, September 10th.

Camilla – the new queen consort – will join Charles for the event, along with Prince William and Catherine, who have now been named the new Prince and Princess of Wales as he becomes heir to the throne.

A Council of Accession normally takes place within 24 hours of a sovereign’s death, and in the past the entire Privy Council has been summoned to the Council to oversee the formal proclamation of a new monarch.

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But with the number of privy councilors – who are lifetime members and mostly former and current politicians – now numbering more than 700, that has now changed

Instead, just 200 will be invited and those shortlisted will be asked to take part in an annual vote for some remaining seats, with the decision sparking controversy over the lack of consultation and the loss of key duty, the Telegraph previously reported.

The office’s website states: “The Council of Accession is usually convened within 24 hours of the death of a Sovereign and is usually held at St James’s Palace to make a formal Proclamation of the death of the Monarch and the accession of the heir to the throne.

“The Council of Accession should be held before Parliament meets, and Parliament should meet as soon as possible after the death.”

What will happen during the integration?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee is celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession on February 6, 1952. (Photo by Chris Jackson/ Getty Images)

Charles became king automatically after the Queen’s death (Image: Getty Images)

The Council of Accession is divided into two parts, the first of which includes the death of the monarch and the proclamation of their successor.

The new monarch does not attend the first part of the Accession Council.

However, the second part will see the new ruler hold their first council, when they will be joined by their secret advisors.

The Royal.UK website explains: “The Accession Council will be followed by the Main Proclamation, which will be read at 11am. from the balcony overlooking Friary Court at St James’s Palace.

“The Proclamation will be read by the Garter King of Arms, accompanied by the Earl Marshal, other Officers of Arms, and the Serjeants at Arms.”

A second proclamation will be read at the Royal Exchange in the City of London at noon.

How to watch King Charles III’s Accession

(Image: BBC)

Charles paid a moving tribute to the Queen in his first public address since becoming king (Image: BBC)

It is not yet confirmed which channels will show the inclusion.

However, it is likely that it will be broadcast on channels that currently show general news coverage following the Queen’s death.

With BBC One and ITV’s coverage continuing on Saturday, you can expect to see it there – while it also looks likely to be shown on Sky News.

You can also watch Sky News live on their YouTube channel, as well as BBC coverage via iPlayer and ITV coverage via the ITV Hub.

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