It’s been nearly 70 years since the last UK coronation, when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2nd June 1953. Since then, a lot has changed, especially King Charles III’s approach to his coronation on 6th May 2023.
Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between these two historical events.
The ceremony and celebrations
The late Queen’s coronation was a grandiose affair involving a 4 hour long ceremony at Westminster Abbey, attended by 8,250 guests. The ceremony was followed by a 5 mile journey around London in the Golden State Carriage. The ceremony is thought to have cost around £1.57 million.
Compared to the uplifting celebrations in 1953, the King’s coronation has been billed as a ‘solemn religious’ event out of respect for his late mother’s passing. It’s expected to be a reflection of the monarch’s modern role in society, whilst still being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.
The ceremony itself will be just 60 minutes long and His Majesty is expected to take a significantly shorter procession in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. The guestlist has been drastically reduced to just 2,000 guests.
In keeping with tradition, King Charles will be crowned with St Edward’s Crown during the coronation ceremony. The St Edward’s crown can be seen on the reverse design of the UK Coronation £5 coin.
Interestingly, the King is also depicted wearing a crown for the first time ever on the collector versions of the UK Coronation coin range.
In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II – then just 26 years old – wore a white silk dress designed by Norman Hartnell. The dress was embroidered with floral emblems, each representing countries of the Commonwealth at the time.
Additionally, she wore an accompanying crimson velvet 6.5 metre Robe of Estate, which was ornately decorated with gold lace.
The King will introduce a more relaxed dress code, reflecting a more modern Britain. He may even choose to wear his military uniform.
The same traditional coronation regalia will be used during the ceremony. Some of these items can be seen within the design of the UK Coronation £5 design, such as the St Edward’s Crown and the sovereign’s sceptre with dove and and cross.
70 years on…
The 1953 coronation was the first to be televised, and for many it would have been the first big event they’d watched on television. His Majesty’s coronation will be widely televised and there is sure to be extensive coverage of the ceremony across the internet and social media.
A special emoji has even been created to mark the event. A cartoon depiction of the St Edward’s Crown with a purple velvet cap will appear automatically on social media platforms when someone uses a hashtag relevant to the coronation.
Tag us and use these hashtags in your coronation posts to see the crown emoji in action!
#Coronation, #CoronationConcert, #CoronationWeekend and #CoronationBigLunch
Change Checker’s Coronation Activity Pack!
We’re kicking off our Coronation weekend celebrations with some free-to-download activity sheets.
From Coronation bingo, which you can play on the big day, to some colouring sheets for the downtime in between events – we’ve got your party plans covered!
Download your kit below:
Add the UK King Charles Coronation Coins to your collection
The FIRST crowned coin portrait of King Charles III has JUST been revealed as a special effigy for the UK’s coronation coin range.
The coins will be available from 9am on 24.04.2023 on Westminster Collection’s website but you’ll need to get ahead of the crowd if you want to add them to your collection…
Below, I explain why these 50p and £5 coins are sure to become some of the most sought-after EVER…
First King Charles Crowned Portrait
In a unique collecting opportunity, the UK Coronation coins feature the very first crowned portrait of His Majesty.
King Charles III’s uncrowned portrait has been used on recent UK coins, stamps, and banknotes – maintaining a tradition for male monarchs which dates back centuries.
So, what does this mean for the unusual inclusion of a crowned portrait on the coronation coin range?
These coins will be truly unique; they could be some of the only coins ever issued to feature His Majesty wearing a crown.
UK Coronation Coin Designs
As well as the obverse design, we’ve got a first look at the reverse design of the Coronation 50p and £5 coins.
The Coronation 50p is truly the first of its kind. Never before has the UK seen a Coronation 50p.
The brand new reverse shows a section of Westminster Abbey, where His Majesty will be crowned on the 6th May 2023.
This is set against the Royal Cypher, featuring the same crown that His Majesty can be seen wearing on the obverse design.
The £5 coin shows a depiction of the St Edward’s Crown accompanied by the sovereign’s sceptre with dove and the sovereign’s sceptre with cross.
It also features the inscription, “THE CORONATION OF KING CHARLES III 6 MAY 2023”.
50p to enter circulation!
And, the best news is that 5 million 50ps will enter circulation later this year, featuring the original, uncrowned effigy by Martin Jennings.
This follows the five million memorial 50ps that have already entered circulation – the very first 50p to feature King Charles III’s portrait.
A great collecting story
These coins have all the hallmarks of a great collecting story so they’re sure to be snapped up quickly by collectors.
Just think back to last year’s Platinum Jubilee record sell-out. All limited edition specifications of the 50p and £5 sold out in less than 24 hours!
You’ll need to get ahead of the crowd if you’re wanting to secure these coins for your collection when they’re issued.
Be one of the first to hear the latest updates on these upcoming coins
Guarantee all future UK King Charles III coins for your collection
Join the Change Checker UK CERTIFIED BU Subscription Service and receive the very latest UK King Charles III coins sent to your door without the hassle of placing orders on the day of release!
The Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince William, is the second in line to the throne and the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 2022, the year that marks Prince William’s 40th birthday, The Royal Mint has issued a brand new £5 coin.
Significantly, this is the first ever UK coin to be solely dedicated to The Duke, with a design by engraver, Thomas T. Docherty capturing the prince’s likeness in exquisite detail.
The perfect addition to any royal collection, issued in honour of a much-loved prince and future King, you can now secure your 2022 UK Prince William 40th Birthday £5 and preserve this significant moment in British royal history for generations to come.
Whilst this is the only coin to be solely dedicated to HRH Prince William, he has been commemorated on two previous £5 coins…
2011 Royal Wedding £5
This £5 coin was issued to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29th April 2011.
The reverse bears the officially approved portraits of the couple and is only the sixth time in history that a double portrait has appeared on British coinage.
The designer, Mark Richards FRBS, was chosen in an invitation only process and describes his depiction of the couple as ‘a feeling that pervades all the photographs I have seen of the couple together’.
The image is taken from one of their first official engagements together.
2018 Four Generations of Royalty £5
This Four Generations of Royalty £5 coin was highly anticipated since the moment HRH Prince George of Cambridge was born on 22nd July 2013.
This was the first time ever that The Royal Mint had issued a coin that celebrated all four generations of royalty in line to the throne on a single coin.
The reverse features an original design by much-loved calligrapher Timothy Noad, and ornately shows the initials of the current four generations, E, C, W, G, and represents the heritage of the House of Windsor.
Born to be King
The Duke of Cambridge has been second in line to the throne, since his birth in 1982. From a young age, he possessed a desire to undertake charitable activities and projects.
Alongside his efforts in promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces, Prince William’s charitable efforts expand into global affairs.
Protecting the natural environment for future generations is one of Prince William’s key priorities. His Highness supports wildlife conservation initiatives and even led key programmes to end illegal wildlife trafficking on a global scale.
In October 2020, His Royal Highness launched ‘The Earthshot Prize’ designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years.
The Duke of Cambridge is also committed to helping children and young people. From convening a new industry-led taskforce to combat online bullying, to publically highlighting youth-engaging programmes, Prince William is dedicated to making a difference in young people’s lives.
In the year that marks HRH Prince William’s 40th birthday, we can celebrate his achievements in raising awareness of these important issues.
Secure the 2022 UK Prince William 40th Birthday £5 coin for your collection!
Secure the 2022 UK Prince William 40th Birthday £5 coin for your collection today for JUST £10.99 (+p&p) by clicking here >>
Your coin has been struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated quality and comes protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging, to preserve the quality of your coin for generations to come.