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The King's Birthday celebration will take place this year in London on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

With the recent passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the ascension of her son, Charles III, to the British throne, the palace has announced that the tradition of celebrating the monarch's birthday will continue into 2023.

According to an announcement by Buckingham Palace, the King's Birthday Parade -- the traditional Trooping of the Colour -- will include more than "1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians" this year.

As usual, the festivities will end with the dramatic Royal Air Force fly-past, witnessed by the members of the royal family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

But first, a coronation

Meanwhile, the coronation of King Charless III is scheduled to take place on May 6, 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London.

Following longstanding historical precedent, the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the ceremony which will see Charles crowned alongside his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort.

Then, also as tradition dictates, following in June His Majesty will be joined by other members of the Royal Family with a public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London for his official birthday celebration on June 17.

All about the King's Birthday

Although King Charles was actually born on November 14, 1948, the official Britsh monarch's birthday is celebrated each year on a weekend in June for purely practical reasons. The day usually presents more acceptable weather for a public party!

THE BIG FINISH: The Royal Air Force fly past the royal family in a salute to the birthday festivities.

If you're not in town on the big day, the festivities traditionally air live, all or in part, on BBC One.

As well as in London and Windsor, events related to the King's Birthday are scheduled throughout Great Britain. Meanwhile, in New Zealand (first Monday in June), Australia (second Monday in June), and in Canada, (on the last weekend in May) schools are usually closed and bank holidays also celebrate with a day off.

King's birthday fun facts

Trooping the Colour, 1924
A 1924 London Underground poster told
commuters how to get to the celebration.

• The first British monarch to celebrate their birthday in June was King Edward VII. Although born on November 9, his official birthday was usually marked in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for a public celebration.

• In the UK, the most watched event of the day is the historic military ceremony known as Trooping the Colour - with a parade down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade. That also includes fly-past of military aircraft and gun salutes at Hyde Park fired at high noon.

• Today, Australia is the only country in the world to celebrate the King's Birthday not once, but TWICE. While most of the country observes the day on the second Monday in June, Western Australia celebrates the Kings's Birthday on the last Monday in September or the first Monday in October.

More about the King's birthday around the Web:

Around the Web, find out more at top sites offering facts, information, and historical background about one of Britain's and the commonwealth's biggest public holidays:

Trooping the Colour - Check out the colorful tradition and customs surrounding the annual celebration held at Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall with related photos.

Sovereign's Official Birthday, Trooping the Colours, Queen's Birthday - Kid-friendly cartoon plus facts & information on the celebration including origins and history, customs & ceremonies.

King's Birthday - How it's celebrated in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and at other points around the globe, from Wikipedia.

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