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It’s an once-in-a-generation event and if you’re ready to witness history in the making, you’ll want to know how to watch King Charles’ coronation as he becomes the first new monarch since his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne in 1953.

Moments after the Queen’s death on September 8, 2022, Charles was proclaimed Britain’s King and Head Of State. Because the British Monarchy is a constitutional monarchy, the Sovereign is Head of State but the ability to make and pass legislation resides with an elected Parliament. On September 10, 2022, the clerk of the Privy Council declared “Charles III, by the grace of god of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of his other realms and territory, King, head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and obedience with humble affection, beseeching god by whom kings and queens do reign to bless his majesty with long and happy years to reign over us. God Save the King.”

Historically, the coronation was considered a sacred ceremony between a monarch and their people in the presence of God, but Charles will do away with tradition and invite his counterparts from around the world. A source told The Mail on Sunday: “I believe the rule began because a Coronation is meant to be a monarch’s private event with God. At the Queen’s Coronation, there were no crowned monarchs, only the protectorate rulers like the Queen of Tonga. It’s been a tradition for centuries.” With that in mind, here’s who’s attending.

When is King Charles’ Coronation

King Charles’s coronation begins on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 11 am local time in London, which is 6 am Eastern, 3 am Central, 2 am Pacific.

When is the Coronation concert?

The Coronation Concert will be broadcast on Sunday 7 May 2023, from 8 pm local time, which is 3 pm Eastern, 12 pm Central, 11 am Pacific.

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King Charles. Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images

In the US, King Charles’ coronation will be broadcast on several channels including ABC News, CBS, CNN, Fox News, BBC News Channel, and NBC, so tune in to any of those channels if you’re watching with cable or satellite.

Here’s how to watch the Coronation in the US using free trials and subscriptions.

If you are already a subscriber to Paramount+, you already have access to live TV. BUT if you don’t already subscribe, the best way to watch King Charles’ coronation online for free is with Paramount Plus’ seven-day free trial. Along with The Coronation on Paramount Plus, CBS’ exclusive streaming service, carries 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movies and 30-plus original series like The Good Fight and the icarly reboot. After the trial ends, users can choose to subscribe for $4.99 per month for Paramount Plus’ ad-supported plan and $9.99 per month for its ad-free plan. Students also receive a 25 percent discount, which costs them $3.74 per month for the ad-supported plan and or $7.49 per month for the ad-free plan. Keep reading to learn how to sign up for Paramount+’s seven-day free trial.

  1. Visit Paramount+’s website
  2. Click “Try It Free”
  3. Sign up for a free trial for the Essential Plan or Premium Plan
  4. Enter your information and payment method
  5. Start watching The Coronation with Paramount+’s free trial

Fubo TV offers to seven-day free trial

and starts at $74.99 per month after the free trial ends. Fubo offers three plans: a pro plan for $74.99 per month; still elite plan for $84.99 per month; and a premier plan for $94.99 per month.

Fubo’s Pro plan includes 155 channels; DVR service with 1,000 hours of recording space; and the ability to stream on 10 devices at the same time. Fubo’s Elite plan includes 215 channels; Fubo’s Extra package with 49 more channels; Fubo’s News Plus package with 11 more channels; DVR service with 1,000 hours of recording space; and the ability to stream on 10 devices at the same time. Fubo’s Premier plan includes 224 channels; showtime; Fubo’s Extra package with 49 more channels; Fubo’s News Plus package with 11 more channels; DVR service with 1,000 hours of recording space; and the ability to stream on 10 devices at the same time. Fubo doesn’t require a contract and can be canceled or restarted at any time.

  1. visit Fubo.TV
  2. Click “Start Free Trial
  3. Select your plan, and enter your information and payment method
  4. Start watching the Coronation on FuboTV

All in all, sling is one of the best ways to watch King Charles’ without cable this year. The streamer currently offers three plans: Sling Blue and Orange Sling or both together. Sling Oranges costs $40 per month ($20 for your first month) and provide channels to watch the coronation online as the event airs live, with Sling Blue costs $45 ($22.50 for your first month) while Sling Blue+Orange gives you everything—that’s a whopping 48 channels for $60 per month ($30 for your first month). If you had to choose one, we recommend Sling Blue to watch King Charles’ coronation online. It also allows users to stream on three devices, whereas Sling Orange only allows one. This means that you can split the cost of Sling Blue with two other people, allowing three households to watch the coronation online for just over $10 each.

If you’re looking for a complete package to rival typical cable bundles and watch King Charles’ coronation online, we highly recommend Hulu+ With Live TV. The service, which costs $69.99 per monthoffers more than 75 live channels, 50 hours of DVR and hundreds of hours of TV shows and movies not available on Hulu’s base plan—including channels to watch King Charles’ coronation as it airs live. Hulu+ With Live TV also comes with Disney+ and ESPN+ at no extra cost to subscribers. This saves users around $14.99 per month than if they paid for those services separately. Hulu also offers no ads + Live TV, Disney+ (No Ads) and ESPN+ (With ads) for $82.99, and Live TV Only for $68.99 a month.

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How long will King Charles III’s coronation be?

How long will King Charles III’s coronation be? King Charles III’s coronation itself is estimated to run for about three hours—significantly shorter than Queen Elizabeth’s ceremony but celebrations will take place over three days, from Saturday, May 6, 2023, to Monday, May 8, 2023. The new King’s ceremony will only take place for just over an hour while Queen Elizabeth’s took over three hours. The ceremony itself is supposedly shortened due to the King’s age and a reflection of a more modern monarchy. The events of the three-day-long celebration are as follows:

Saturday, May 6, 2023

The coronation service will take place at Westminster Abbey on the morning of Saturday, May 6, 2023. According to a press release from Buckingham Palace, “Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s Procession’. After the Service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’.

The statement continues: “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.”

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Bringing together “global music icons and contemporary stars together”, per an official statement, Sunday, May 7, 2023, will be the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle. It’ll be a public event attended by volunteers from The King and The Queen Consort’s many charity affiliations. “Alongside the stars of the concert, the show will also see an exclusive appearance from The Coronation Choir. This diverse group will be created from the nation’s keenest community choirs and amateur singers from across the United Kingdom, such as Refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs.”

On this day, neighbors and communities across the UK will be invited to share food and fun together as part of the Coronation Big Lunch. Thousands are expected to come together across the kingdom, from uniting over cups of tea to street parties.

Monday, May 8, 2023

The Big Help Out takes place on Monday, May 8, 2023, with the aim to shed light on the benefits of volunteering and is being organized by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners such as The Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service and faith groups from across the United Kingdom.

“In tribute to His Majesty The King’s public service, The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas. The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend,” the Palace said.

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