The coronation of Their Majesties the King and Queen will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 in London. During the ceremony, King Charles III will be crowned alongside Queen Camilla.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols writes:

The coronation of King Charles III will take place in Westminster Abbey. This will be the first coronation for 70 years in our countries; indeed, the first since our late Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, entered the ancient church as a young woman to take on the awesome responsibilities of monarchy. In his first address to our countries after the death of the Queen, His Majesty stated, in the context of the late Queen’s unwavering service, ‘that promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.’

None of us can imagine the incredible burden that His Majesty will assume as he is crowned King alongside his wife and Queen, Camilla. The world has immeasurably changed since 1953 with many more opportunities and challenges in the lives of all.

As faithful citizens of our countries, we now pray for our King as he assumes the fullness of the high office of monarch. From Wednesday 3 May until Friday 5 May, the Bishops of England and Wales ask each Catholic in our lands to pray for His Majesty and the Queen. We can do this in our daily prayer asking Almighty God to guide the King in his appointed tasks. We can also pray for him when we gather for prayer at Mass. This triduum of prayer will culminate on Friday evening when we have asked each Catholic community to offer a special Mass for the King before the Coronation on Saturday. It will be the culminating moment of our three days of prayer when we ask God’s continuing blessing on our new King and Queen.

As we look towards the Coronation Day, which will be marked with joy and celebration across England and Wales, and the Commonwealth, let us commend King Charles and Queen Camilla to our Heavenly Father, that he may sustain them in their duties all the days of their lives.

May God bless His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort, preserve them both in health of mind and body and grant them every grace and blessing now and for the years to come.

A prayer card is available with prayers and the text of the Cardinal’s message. Prayers adapted for the sacral language of the Ordinariate are shown below.

The Ordinary has dispensed all members of the Ordinariate from the usual Friday abstinence in order to mark and celebrate the festivities over the weekend.

The King and Queen; Chris Jackson

Prayers for the King

O God, to whom every power on earth is subject,
grant to thy servant our sovereign Lord King Charles
success in the exercise of his high office,
that, always revering thee and striving to please thee,
he may ever secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from civil peace;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.

O Lord, save Charles our King.
And hear us on the day we call upon thee.
O Lord, hear our prayer.
And let our cry come unto thee.

The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.

Almighty God,
by whose providence thy servant Charles our King
hath received the governance of this realm:
grant that he may continue to grow in every virtue,
that, imbued with thy heavenly grace,
he may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil
and, being blessed with thy favour
may, with the Queen and the royal family,
come at last into thy presence,
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who is the way, the truth and the life
and who liveth and reigneth with thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.