All the Aussies attending, and everything else we know about King Charles' coronation.

We're hours out from King Charles' coronation. 

The 74-year-old, who is the oldest sovereign to take the throne, will be formally crowned on Saturday in a ceremony watched by millions. 

Last month it was confirmed Prince Harry will attend the coronation without Meghan Markle, following months of speculation. 

At the time, Buckingham Palace and a spokesperson for the couple confirmed Meghan would not attend the May event and instead remain in the United States with the couple's two children, Lilibet and Archie, who will turn four on the same day. 

"Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey," the palace spokesperson said.

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With the coronation just days away, here's everything we know about the event. 

When is King Charles' coronation?

King Charles will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, which will mark the first time in 70 years Britain has crowned a new monarch. 


How can you watch King Charles' coronation in Australia?

In Australia, we can watch the coronation live on ABC News from 6pm to 10.30pm AEST. 

For those who don't want to watch the full four-and-a half hour coverage, the coronation service will begin at 8pm. 

What will happen at the coronation?

The coronation is a religious ceremony which will be presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

During the ceremony, King Charles will be crowned with St. Edward's crown, which was worn by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at her coronation back in 1953.

Charles' wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, will also be crowned. 

Official invitations, sent out to over 2,000 guests last month, confirmed the 75-year-old will become Queen after the coronation.


After being crowned, Charles and Camilla will take part in the coronation procession, which will follow the same route they took from Buckingham Palace to arrive at Westminster Abbey earlier in the day.  

The pair will travel in the Gold State coach, which was last used the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee pageant in June.


For all of us following along at home, Buckingham Palace have released a new emoji of St Edward's crown to mark the occasion. 

Who is going to King Charles' coronation? 

When it comes to the royal family, Prince William, Kate and Harry will all attend the coronation, as well as the King's siblings, Anne, the Princess Royal and Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh. 


Prince Andrew is also expected to attend. 

World leaders will also be on the guest list, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who will attend the event with Governor-General David Hurley, the state governors and a group of "outstanding" Aussies. 

"Outstanding citizens have been chosen to show the world the best of our values, caring for others, serving communities and championing progress," Albanese told parliament in March. 

"And I note that the palace requested in particular that there be significant representation from Indigenous Australians as part of the coronation."

Last week it was announced Matildas captain Sam Kerr will be the Australian flagbearer at the coronation. She will be joined by singer Nick Cave, Wiradjuri-British artist Jasmine Coe, comedian Adam Hills and London-based nurse Emily Regan.

Other "outstanding" Aussies attending the coronation include: 

  • Ballet dancer Leanne Benjamin AM OBE.als
  • 2022 Young Australian of the Year, Dr Daniel Nour.
  • Public speaker and youth advocate, Yasmin Poole.
  • Minette Salmon, who currently studying a PhD in Genomic Medicine and Statistics at Balliol College, Oxford. 
  • Arts leader, Claire Spencer AM.
  • Associate Professor of Statistics in Vaccinology, Merryn Voysey.
  • Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for his actions during the Battle of Derapet in Afghanistan in 2010. 
  • Richard Joyes CV, who was awarded the Cross of Valour in 2003 for his courageous efforts following the 2002 Bali bombing. 
  •  Soprano singer, Yvonne Kenny AM.

What do we know about Prince Harry's decision to attend the coronation? 

Media reports previously suggested Harry wanted an apology from his family before he agreed to attend his father's coronation. 

When asked in one interview in January whether he would be there for his father's big day, Harry said, "There's a lot that can happen between now and then. But the door is always open."

Last month, a close friend reportedly told People, King Charles is "pleased" his son will be there but there hasn't been a wider reconciliation. 


"At this point, it's become so personal," they told the publication. 

"Maybe what they wanted wasn't achieved, but at the end of the day, he's going there to support his dad."

But while Harry will be there to watch his father being crowned, he will reportedly leave the UK before the coronation concert on May 7. 

A royal source reportedly told the Mirror, "After much back and forth, Harry said that he would be returning for the King’s Coronation but it will only be a fleeting visit."

"Organisers have been told Harry won’t be attending the concert with the rest of the Royal Family, which is a great shame as it will be such a spectacular event."

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Which celebs will be performing at King Charles' coronation?

Rumours have been going around for weeks that artists of the likes of Adele, Elton John and Harry Styles reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform at King Charles' coronation celebrations. 

According to Rolling Stone, The Spice Girls and Robbie Williams also declined invitations to sing at the event, while a representative for Elton John told the publication the 75-year-old could not attend due to scheduling issues.

As for who will be performing, Aussie violinist Madeleine Easton will play with the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir. 


"I feel completely honoured and a bit starstruck, I just keep pinching myself thinking how could this have happened? How can little me be going to such an incredible event?" she told AAP.

BBC have also confirmed Katy Perry, Take That, Andrea Bocelli and Lionel Richie will take to the state at The Coronation Concert in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Sunday May 7. 

"I mean, you don’t get in the business and say, ‘You know what? I’ll be at the King’s coronation.’ You know, that just never comes up," Richie told People.

"[It’s] A, a surprise. B, what an honour. And C, the fact of all the names that are out there that he could have had for this, he called my name."

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This article was originally published on March 5, 2023 and was updated on May 2, 2023.

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