As a proud British company, OvertSoftware would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to King Charles on his coronation. The Coronation will be a significant and historic event because it marks the longest period between coronations , spanning over 70 years. King Charles will be the oldest monarch to be crowned at the age of 74.
Celebrating King Charles III’s Coronation
On Saturday, May 6, 2023, King Charles will be crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. The date marks 8 months since his automatic appointment as King and the first Coronation to take place on the weekend since 1902. Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation took place around 11 am and lasted almost 3 hours; therefore, it is likely that King Charles' ceremony would follow a similar schedule.
The Prime Minister of the UK has announced a bank holiday to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. The holiday will fall on Monday, May 8 (2 days after the Coronation). This allows families and communities to unite and celebrate by participating in local and national events across the United Kingdom.
The Coronation Ceremony of King Charles III
Coronation is a ceremony in which someone is crowned King or Queen.' It comes from the Latin word 'corona,' which means crown.
On the day of the coronation ceremony, there are 5 main sections of the process:
The king will walk into the Abbey, accompanied by the Queen, as the choir sings. The king, also known as the Sovereign and Supreme Governor of the Church of England, will take an oath to uphold the gospel and maintain doctrine and worship in the Church of England.
The choir will sing more songs than usual on the day of the Coronation. The king's robe will be removed, and he will then be seated on the Coronation chair. The Archbishop then anoints the king with holy oil whilst the choir sings.
The Sovereign is dressed in robes of cloth and gold and returns to the chair. Symbolic items are then presented to him, who graciously accepts them. Finally, the crown is placed on the Sovereign's head.
The newly crowned king leaves the Coronation chair, moves to the throne and sits down. The throne is made for each Coronation, and the king takes possession of the Kingdom. The choir sings (again!) led by the crowning and anointing of the Queen Consort.
The king then receives Holy Communion and sings hymns with the congregation. The Archbishop gives his blessing, and the king exchanges the St Edwards crown for the lighter Imperial State Crown, which he carries in one hand with his sceptre and orb as he walks through the Abbey to the Annexe at its western extremity.
King Charles III Awards and Achievements
Throughout her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II recognised outstanding work and acts of service by individuals and groups. The king attaches his name to these awards to continue her legacy of recognising the significant contribution of volunteers each year across the United Kingdom.
Before his accession as king, Charles III received numerous awards for his contributions, primarily for his environmental work, including organic farming and gardening, climate change, and architecture.
2008: Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rainforest Alliance
2011: Special Award for The Promotion of Gardening by the Garden Media Guild
2012: Lifetime achievement award by the International Green Awards
2018: Editor's Lifetime Achievement Award For Services To Philanthropy by GQ Awards
2020: Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Farming by Farmers Weekly
2001: the City of Florence Prize (20 lithographs of his watercolour paintings illustrating his country estates have been exhibited at The Florence International Biennale Exhibition of Contemporary Art.
2011: Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award by the Montblanc Cultural Foundation.
2002: EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence by the EuroNatur Awards
2007: Global Environmental Citizen Award by the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment
2008: St. Thomas Aquinas Environmental Award by Tulane University
2009: Global Empowerment Award by the Asian Women of Achievement Awards
2010: Great Gold Medal by Masaryk University
2016: Londoner of the Decade award by The London Evening Standard's Progress 1000 Awards
Organic farming and food
2006: Outstanding Public Expression Award by the OSSA Awards, a joint award with the Duchess of Cornwall
2007: World Farming Award by Compassion in World Farming
2010: National Agricultural Award by the Royal Agricultural Society of England's (RASE)
2012: George Hedley Memorial Award by the National Sheep Association
2013: The Royal Smithfield Club Bicentenary Trophy Award by the Smithfield Club
2015: Prix Francois Rabelais award by the Institut de France
2011: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Medal by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
2015: Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation Award by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF)
2003: World Ecology Award by The International Center for Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
2009: German Sustainability Award by the German Sustainability Award organization
2006: Awareness Award by The British Environment and Media Awards (BEMAs)
2009: Friend of the Forest and Climate Award by Conservation International (CI) and the Brazilian state of Amazonas
1991: First Lewis Mumford Award by Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility organization (ADPSR)
2005: Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum
2005: International Environmental Arts Award by the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)
2008: Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Athena Medal Award by the Athena Awards
2011: 25th-anniversary CEM Property Award by The College of Estate Management
2012: The Richard H. Driehaus Prize by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
2013: Albert Simons Medal of Excellence by the Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program at the College of Charleston School of the Arts
Long Live the King
On this day of celebration and reflection, we invite you to join us in raising a glass to King Charles and congratulateHis Majesty on the occasion of your coronation as King of the United Kingdom. We wish Your Majestymany long years of happiness, health, and peace as our monarch.
Together, let us embrace the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and continue to build a brighter tomorrow for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Thank you, and long live the monarchy!