KING Charles' coronation will be watched by millions across the globe in the first ceremony of its kind in more than 70 years.
After the Queen's death, his title changed from the Prince of Wales to King Charles III – but it’s thought he won’t be crowned until next year.
The event – codenamed Operation Golden Orb – has been in planning for many years and is expected to be more low-key than that of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953.
And he will be crowned alongside Camilla after the Queen expressed her wish that Camilla should be known as Queen Consort back in February.
According to royal protocol, the details of the Coronation of a successor are not discussed in advance out of respect for the reigning monarch.
But now after the Queen’s passing, important plans are being drawn up.
According to The Telegraph, the Coronation will take place in the spring or summer of next year – in a similar timeline to the Queen’s coronation.
Queen Elizabeth did not have her Coronation until a year after her father King George VI died on February 6, 1952.
Her Majesty's Coronation took place on June 3, 1953.
But unlike the Queen’s coronation, it’s believed Charles’ service will be shorter, smaller, cheaper and more modern.
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And sources have claimed that the King has insisted that the ceremony will reflect the ethnic diversity of modern Britain.
It's believed the guestlist for the service will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 – a quarter of the contingent in 1953 – and there will also be fewer members of the Royal Family.
A source had told the Mail: "It will be a slimmed-down Monarchy on display throughout.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see just Charles and Camilla, Kate and William and their children on the Buckingham Palace balcony afterwards."
Meanwhile Camilla will be the first consort to be crowned since 1937.
She will be coronated with the platinum and diamond crown made for the Queen mother’s coronation – which controversially contains the Koh-i-Noor or “Mountain of Light” diamond.
The hefty 105-carat stone was given to Queen Victoria by the Sultan of Turkey in 1856 – but many believe it was stolen from India.
According to the Royal family's website: "The coronation ceremony, an occasion for pageantry and celebration, but it is also a solemn religious ceremony, has remained essentially the same over a thousand years.
“For the last 900 years, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London.
“The service is conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose task this has almost always been since the Norman Conquest in 1066."
The new plans will mark a radical change from the Coronation of Elizabeth II, who had been Queen for 16 months by the time of her lavish ceremony.
A long carriage procession took more than 8,000 dignitaries to Westminster Abbey, while more than 40,000 troops were involved in the parade.
The ceremony, the first to be televised, lasted more than three hours and saw the Queen make several outfit changes.
More updates on what will close on the day of King Charles' Coronation will be given once information about the event is known.
For now, the UK will mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II – the longest serving Monarch in British history.
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