King Charles’ coronation likely won’t be held for several months — even though he technically became king as soon as his mother, Queen Elizabeth II passed away Thursday.
Charles, 73, the eldest of the Queen’s four children, became the UK’s 62nd monarch in the wake of his mother’s death.
He is expected to be officially proclaimed king a day after his mother’s passing, but the coronation ceremony will be held at a later date due, in part, to the lengthy mourning period for the Queen and the in-depth planning process.
Plans for Charles’ accession and coronation, dubbed “Operation Golden Orb”, have been in the works for some time — but have been shrouded in secrecy.
In the months before she passed, Queen Elizabeth made a shock announcement that she supported calling her son’s second wife, Camilla, “Queen Consort” when he took the throne.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me,” the Queen wrote in February statement thanking her subjects ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.
“And it is my sincere wish that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
Based on tradition, Camilla, 75, will be crowned alongside Charles, but won’t share her husband’s sovereignty.
While no date has yet been set, the actual coronation is expected to be held at London’s Westminster Abbey where such ceremonies have traditionally been held for the last seven centuries.
Camilla, who became known as the Duchess of Cornwall after her 2005 wedding to Charles, has gained popularity in recent years.
She was widely disliked after her affair with Charles, which unfolded when he was still married to Princess Diana, first emerged.
Charles and Camilla currently live at Clarence House, the former home of the queen mother, just down the road from Buckingham Palace.
It is unclear if they will now move into Buckingham Palace, which has been the official London residence of British sovereigns since 1837.
Queen Elizabeth had opted to make Windsor Castle, her weekend home just outside London, her primary residence in her final years.
Charles has already been front and center in recent months after standing in for his mother as she faced ongoing mobility issues.
He represented the Queen at various appearances during the four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations held in June, which marked her 70 years on the throne, as well as other events that have since followed.