The Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort 6th May 2023

Celebrating King Charles III’s Coronation

On Saturday 6 May, many people across the United Kingdom and around the world will celebrate as King Charles III is crowned at Westminster Abbey, alongside The Queen Consort. With many images recording past coronations and over 150 portraits of His Majesty, you can explore this historic ceremony and The King’s life in service ahead of his coronation though works in our Collection.

Historical Coronation images from our Collection

Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown English artist, circa 1600 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown English artist

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Coronation of Charles II: The Choir of Westminster Abbey, by Wenceslaus Hollar, published 1662 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Coronation of Charles II: The Choir of Westminster Abbey

by Wenceslaus Hollar

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Anne, by Michael Dahl, circa 1702 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Anne

by Michael Dahl

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King George I, replica by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1716, based on a work of 1714 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King George I

replica by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King George II, studio of Charles Jervas, circa 1727 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King George II

studio of Charles Jervas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King George III, studio of Allan Ramsay, based on a work of 1761-1762 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King George III

studio of Allan Ramsay

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, studio of Allan Ramsay, 1761-1762 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

studio of Allan Ramsay

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Colman the Younger, by Henry Meyer, after  Philip Francis Stephanoff, published 1826 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Colman the Younger

by Henry Meyer, after Philip Francis Stephanoff

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria, replica by Sir George Hayter, 1863, based on a work of 1838 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria

replica by Sir George Hayter

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward VII, possibly by W. & D. Downey, 9 August 1902 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward VII

possibly by W. & D. Downey

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'The Coronation at Westminster Abbey' (King George V and others), by Unknown artist, 1935 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

'The Coronation at Westminster Abbey' (King George V and others)

by Unknown artist

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Coronation of Charles II (King Charles II with 4 bishops and 2 peers), by Unknown engraver, 1660s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Coronation of Charles II (King Charles II with 4 bishops and 2 peers)

by Unknown engraver

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'The only authentic photograph of Her Majesty Queen Mary in Coronation Robes', by W. & D. Downey, 1911 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

'The only authentic photograph of Her Majesty Queen Mary in Coronation Robes'

by W. & D. Downey

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexandra of Denmark with her coronation pages, by W. & D. Downey, 9 August 1902 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexandra of Denmark with her coronation pages

by W. & D. Downey

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Coronation medal of King George VI; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (on reverse), by Percy Metcalfe, 1937 - NPG  -

Coronation medal of King George VI; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (on reverse)

by Percy Metcalfe

King George VI; Princess Margaret; Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Dorothy Wilding, 1937 - NPG  - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

King George VI; Princess Margaret; Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Dorothy Wilding

© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Ladapo Samuel Ademola II, King of Abeokuta, by Hay Wrightson, 11 June 1937 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ladapo Samuel Ademola II, King of Abeokuta

by Hay Wrightson

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Maids of Honour at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton, June 1953 - NPG  - © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Maids of Honour at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton

© Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton, 2 June 1953 - NPG  - © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton

© Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Cecil Beaton, 2 June 1953 - NPG  - © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Cecil Beaton

© Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth II ('A Queen is Crowned'), by Unknown artist, 1953 - NPG  - Art Fund Popular Portraits Collection. Photo: © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II ('A Queen is Crowned')

by Unknown artist

Art Fund Popular Portraits Collection. Photo: © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Coronation Procession of King Edward VII outside Horse Guards, Whitehall, by Unknown photographer, 9 August 1902 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Coronation Procession of King Edward VII outside Horse Guards, Whitehall

by Unknown photographer

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'Indian Military Representatives Attending the Coronation of King Edward VII', by Benjamin Stone, July 1902 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

'Indian Military Representatives Attending the Coronation of King Edward VII'

by Benjamin Stone

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'The Coronation of King George VI, Westminster Abbey', published by James Valentine & Sons Ltd, 12 May 1937 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

'The Coronation of King George VI, Westminster Abbey'

published by James Valentine & Sons Ltd

© National Portrait Gallery, London


Portraits of King Charles III

Explore a selection of ten photographs from our Collection representing King Charles III’s life selected by our Curator of Photography, Clare Freestone.

Celebrate the Coronation

People across the country and the Commonwealth are invited to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over a weekend of special events on 6–8 May.

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The Royally Big Portrait

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To celebrate the coronation, BBC Children in Need are inviting families and children to share their creative skills with the world. The Royally Big Portrait is a giant digital portrait of King Charles III featuring thousands of individual portraits of the King drawn by young people from across the UK. The National Portrait Gallery has taken part by highlighting some portraits of monarchs from our Collection to provide inspiration to those taking part. To find out more about The Royally Big Portrait, visit the Children in Need website where you can join in and find out where to see the portrait in person.

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Charles III: The Making of a King Hardcover Book

This publication highlights the most important portraits of King Charles III from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection, from the beautiful portraits of His Majesty with his mother, Elizabeth II, to works depicting Charles’ sons and wider family.

Including a timeline of key events from Charles’ life, this book explores the future of the monarchy through photographs and paintings of the wider royal family, including Diana, Princess of Wales; Camilla, Queen Consort; William and Catherine, Prince and Princess of Wales; Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex; and Prince George of Wales.

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