Where can I watch the King's coronation? Schedule, times and procession route

King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Saturday. Details are still being finalised but this is what is known so far.

What time does the coronation start?

The first procession, known as the King's procession, will start at about 10.20am.

The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will begin at 11am.

Viewing areas will be set up on both sides of the route in central London - they will open at 6am and people have been asked not to arrive before then.

The Diamond Jubilee State Coach will carry King Charles to Westminster Abbey | Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What route will the procession take?

The King's Procession, lasting around 30 minutes, will feature 200 military personnel following the King's Diamond Jubilee State Coach, that was first used in 2014.

It will begin at Buckingham Palace before moving down The Mall to Admiralty Arch.

It will then pass through Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and Broad Sanctuary, before arriving at Westminster Abbey.

Members of the Welsh Guards give three cheers for King Charles III during a full procession rehearsal at RAF Odiham in Hampshire on Sunday | Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

What will happen at Westminster Abbey?

After arriving at Westminster Abbey's Great West Door, the King will make his way up the Abbey's nave while the anthem I Was Glad is sung.

The Sword of State, symbolising royal authority, will be carried before him, along with two maces.

Three other swords will also accompany King Charles down the nave - the Sword of Temporal Justice, marking the King's role as head of the armed forces, the Sword of Spiritual Justice, for his role as Defender of the Faith, and the Sword of Mercy.

How long will the coronation last?

The ceremony lasts two hours and will finish at 1pm. The return procession is expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace at 1.30pm.

After the procession has passed down The Mall following the ceremony, the route will be opened to allow people to move onto the road to make their way to Buckingham Palace to watch the balcony appearance.

The last time the royal family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace was to view the Queen's Platinum Jubilee flypast in June. They are expected to appear on the balcony again after King Charles' coronation ceremony in May | Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Where can I watch the coronation?

TalkTV will provide comprehensive coverage of the event throughout the day with analysis from our panel of royal commentators, historians and correspondents.

TalkTV's Coronation Cam is also providing a live stream from Westminster Abbey in the build-up to the coronation on Saturday.

Who is performing at the coronation concert?

Take That will appear with Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen. Robbie Williams will not make an appearance.

Lionel Richie, who was the first global ambassador of the Prince’s Trust, a charity founded by King Charles III, will also perform.

Pop star Katy Perry will also serenade the King.

Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli and Welsh singer Sir Bryn Terfel will perform as a duo, while singer-songwriter Freya Ridings will take to the stage accompanied by classical-soul composer Alexis Ffrench.

American singer and Hocus Pocus star Bette Midler will also make an appearance.

An official coronation choir, made up of choir groups from across the UK, will perform, representing all four nations. It will include refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf singing choirs.

Singer Lionel Richie, global ambassador of the Prince’s Trust, will perform at the Coronation Concert to celebrate the crowning of the King Charles III on Sunday evening | Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Who will attend?

There will be 2,000 official guests, including members of the royal family, as well as international representatives from 203 countries and around 100 heads of state.

Another 400 young people representing charitable organisations nominated by The King and Queen will also have the opportunity to watch the ceremony from inside Westminster Abbey.

Guards carry flags from Commonwealth countries during the procession rehearsal at RAF Odiham in Hampshire on Sunday. Commonwealth heads of state will be representing their nations at the coronation | Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Will Harry and Meghan be there?

Prince Harry will make an appearance - but Meghan will remain in California with their children. 

Announcing Meghan's absence, the Palace said: “Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th.

“The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”

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