St Edward's Crown
St Edward’s Crown. Image credit: The Royal Household

The Coronation of The King and Queen Consort

The Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort will take place from 11.00am GMT (6.00pm WST) on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey.

His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM, as Governor of Western Australia, has been invited to attend the celebrations in London.

The last Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for just over 70 years before passing on 8 September 2022.


The Coronation is centred around a solemn religious ceremony that has remained largely unchanged for over a thousand years.

For the last 900 years, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London and is traditionally conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Coronation of a new Sovereign takes place in the months after their accession, following a period of mourning.

During the ceremony, the Sovereign will take the coronation oath, they are then blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop while seated in King Edward’s chair which was made in 1300 and has been used in every Coronation since 1626).

After receiving the orb and sceptre, the Archbishop places St Edward’s Crown on the Sovereign’s head.

A Queen Consort is crowned in a similar but simpler ceremony following The King.

How you can celebrate here in Perth:

Government House will celebrate the Coronation from Tuesday 2 May through to Monday 8 May 2023:

  • The House will be lit up in purple on the above evenings, if you’re in the city stop by the St Georges Terrace side of the House to view the display.
  • The Gardens and Ballroom will be open on Saturday 6 May 2023 between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Please feel free to bring along a picnic to enjoy in our beautiful gardens, but please note that no alcohol is permitted.
  • Signing books will be made available on Saturday 6 May during the garden open times to record well wishes for The King and Queen Consort.

Where you can watch the Coronation:

The City of Perth will be screening the Coronation in the Northbridge Piazza from 3.00pm until 9.00pm including arrivals, the service, the procession and the presentation on the Buckingham Palace balcony. 

The Coronation will also be broadcast on Australian television commencing from 3pm WST.

For more information on the Coronation celebrations in the United Kingdom visit

Coronation Invitation

The invitation for the Coronation was designed by Andrew Jamieson, a heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator. His work is inspired by the chivalric themes of Arthurian legend. Mr Jamieson is a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, of which The King is an Honorary Member.

Click here to read more on the intricacies of the Coronation invitation.

The official invitation for the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.
King Charles III Coronation Emblem 2023

Coronation Emblem

The Coronation Emblem – which will feature throughout May’s historic celebrations – pays tribute to The King’s love of the natural world, depicting the flora of the four nations in the shape of St Edward’s Crown.

The official emblem of the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort was created by the internationally revered designer Sir Jony Ive KBE and his creative collective, LoveFrom, the emblem symbolises and celebrates the historic beginning of the new Reign.

Click here to learn more on the Coronation Emblem.

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