The coronation of King Charles III is just around the corner. The last one took place in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II, so it’s set to be one for the history books.
If you want to watch the ceremony unfold live, we have everything you need to know – whether you’re based in the UK, US or elsewhere.
What date and time is the coronation of King Charles III?
If you just want to watch the main coronation. then this is scheduled to take place on Saturday 6 May 2023. The ceremony is expected to kick off at the following times around the world:
- 11am BST (UK)
- 6am ET (East Coast US)
- 3am PT (West Coast US)
- 12pm CET (Central Europe)
- 7:30pm ACST (Australia)
There will of course be lots of build-up on the day, with coverage likely starting hours before. Charles and Camilla will leave Buckingham Palace at 10:20am BST to begin their procession route to Westminster Abbey in the state coach.
How long is the coronation?
The coronation service will finish at 1pm BST, so it will take around two hours. After that, there will be the Royal Procession (which will take 30 minutes), and then the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace once the King and Queen have arrived.
The day after, there will be a coronation lunch and a concert at Windsor Castle.
What TV channels will King Charles III’s coronation air on?
In the UK, the following channels have confirmed that they will have live footage of all the proceedings: BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Sky News and Sky Showcase. There will also be audio coverage on Radio 2, Radio 4 and the BBC Sounds app.
The BBC is also offering a two-day TV license to churches, townhalls and libraries, so you can go down to your local community centres to watch the proceedings, should you wish. Many big screens will also be put up in public spaces to mark the occasion.
In the US, ABC, CNN, Fox News and NBC will all be broadcasting the event. This will be quite early in the morning, so there should be catch-up coverage later in the day.
If you don’t have access to a TV, you should still be able to stream all the action.
Where to stream the coronation of King Charles III for free
The best way to tune in from anywhere in the world is to watch the official livestream from the Royal Family YouTube channel.
This should be accessible to anyone across the world, including those in the US. Tune in below:
In addition, BBC iPlayer and ITVX will be streaming everything live. US viewers also have the option to watch via DIRECTV, Hulu + Live TV, FuboTV and Sling TV.
Sky News, BBC and CNN are all airing coverage on YouTube as well.
If for some reason the event is geolocked, then you can get around this with the help of a VPN, which reroutes your internet connection to another server elsewhere in the world. This means that you can browse the internet as if you’re from the UK, so you can access sites that are normally restricted to people outside of this country.
There are lots of VPNs to choose from, but for the best performance and pricing we recommend NordVPN, which we have used to watch geolocked YouTube livestreams in the past.
You can also use this method to watch UK streaming services from abroad, giving you more ways to watch the coronation. Check out our guides for watching BBC iPlayer and ITVX from abroad for more detailed information.