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Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

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On Saturday 6th May 2023, the Bailiwick of Guernsey will mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

Across the Coronation weekend from 6th to 8th May, there will be opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the historic occasion. 

Friday 5th May

Saturday 6th May

Sunday 7th May

Monday 8th May

  • Gift for school children

    • All school-aged children in the Bailiwick will receive a special gift: A commemorative Guernsey Coronation stamp in an official presentation pack, produced and supported by Guernsey Post. These will be distributed later in the year.
  • What happens at the Coronation?

    • Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as 'The King's Procession.' 
    • The Coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey's original buildings were built under the reign of Edward the Confessor c.1042-1066 and have been the setting for every coronation of a British Monarch since that of William I following the Norman conquest in 1066. The only kings not to be crowned in Westminster Abbey are Edward V who died and Edward VIII who abdicated in 1936.
    • The Recognition - King Charles will stand before the congregation whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury acclaims 'Sirs I here present unto you Charles Philip Arthur George your undoubted King'.
    • Coronation Oath - King Charles will then make the coronation oath before the high alter by placing his hand on the Bible and swearing to uphold the faith and law of the realm. The coronation oath was altered throughout much of history to meet political agendas. After the tumultuous reign of James II (R.1685-1688) Parliament implemented the Coronation Oath Act in 1688 thereby establishing a single uniformed oath for all future coronations.
    • Anointment - King Charles will then be anointed in a tradition that harks back to the Old Testament when Zadok the Priest anointed King Solomon. The Archbishop of Canterbury pours the Holy Oil from the Ampulla onto the Coronation Spoon before anointing the monarch by drawing a cross on their head, hands and breast.
    • Investiture - For the Investiture, King Charles will be presented with the Sword of State, the Coronation Bracelets, the Imperial robe and finally the Sovereign's orb.
    • Homage - After being crowned, King Charles will receive homage from his peers. Firstly, from members of the Church followed by members of the Royal family and aristocracy in order of rank.
    • During the crowning King Charles will be formally seated upon St. Edward's Chair that was commissioned by Edward I in circa 1300. The Archbishop of Canterbury will then crown King Charles with the crown of St. Edward. The Crown was made in 1661 for Charles II and is modelled on the original medieval crown of St Edward the Confessor that was destroyed during the abolition of monarchy in the 1650's.
    • After the Service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as 'The Coronation Procession.' Their Majesties will be joined in this procession by other Members of the Royal Family. At Buckingham Palace, The King, and The Queen Consort, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will appear on the balcony to conclude the day's ceremonial events.
  • Guernsey's relationship with the Crown

    • The Bailiwick's connection with the Crown stretches back centuries, however, it does not stem from the monarch's English and British roles. It is from their role as successor to the Dukes of Normandy in respect of the Channel Islands that the Islands owe their allegiance to British monarchs. The Channel Islands are the only part of the former Duchy of Normandy which remains loyal to the British Crown. This is why Islanders would toast 'La Reine/Le Roi, Notre Duc' which translates as 'The Queen/King, our Duke'.
    • The Channel Islands formally became part of the Duchy of Normandy in 933, then Normandy and England came under a common ruler from 1066 after the victory of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.  
    • Although King John lost continental Normandy in 1204, the Channel Islands stayed loyal to the English Crown. The relationship between the Channel Islands and the monarchy was formalised in 1259 when the Treaty of Paris was agreed between Henry III of England and Louis IX of France. Although in it Henry III abandoned his right to the title "Duke of Normandy", his rights to the islands were confirmed and he still ruled the Islands in that capacity, continuing to observe their established laws, liberties and customs. These local rights were later confirmed in a series of Charters by successive Kings and Queens and are the origins and basis of the Bailiwick's status as a Crown Dependency. 
  • Liberation Day events

    • Alongside the Coronation Day events taking place from 5th - 8th May, there will be a number of events taking place for Liberation Day on Tuesday 9th May. For the full list of events taking place on Liberation Day go to liberationday.gg.

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