The stamp depicts King Charles III on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation Service on Saturday 6 May 2023 wearing the Imperial State Crown.
The Coronation Service reflected the Monarch’s role today and in the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.
Whilst being associated with pomp and celebration, the Coronation - the act or occasion of crowning a monarch - is also a solemn religious ceremony which has remained largely unchanged for over a thousand years. Since the Coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, the service has taken place at Westminster Abbey in London and has almost always been conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, broadcast live on 2 June 1953, was the first ever to be televised. It was watched by 27 million people in the UK alone and millions more audiences around the world.
During the Coronation ceremony, the Sovereign takes the Coronation oath, the form and wording of which have varied over the centuries.
The Sovereign is then 'anointed, blessed and consecrated' by the Archbishop, whilst the Sovereign is seated in King Edward's chair, which was made in 1300, and used by every Sovereign since 1626.