How many people watched the Coronation of King Charles III?

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  • May 9, 2023
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The Coronation of King Charles is over and we now have a new reigning monarch after he was crowned alongside his wife Queen Camilla.

The historic occasion saw more than 2,000 invited guests in attendance, from politicians to pop stars, as well as thousands of royal fans taking to the streets to catch a glimpse of the procession to and from Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.

People worldwide tuned into the historic coronation, the first in 70 years, for all or some of the event.

But how many people tuned into the historic occasion? Here’s what we know.

How many people watched the Coronation of King Charles III?

The coronation was watched by a peak audience of 20 million people in the UK, official figures have revealed.

A whopping 14 million people tuned into the BBC – hitting a peak audience of 15.5 million – to watch the coronation, BBC’s Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore revealed in a statement.

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‘The BBC brought people across the UK together to share a once-in-a-generation event with over 14 million watching the King being crowned live,’ she said.

‘I’m proud of the unique and special role the BBC plays in delivering audiences moments of such huge historical significance and the celebrations continue with our Coronation Concert tonight.’

While the vast majority of the audience watched the BBC’s coverage, which was helmed by Huw Edwards and broadcast across BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC News channel, ITV’s coverage topped out at 3.6 million viewers.

Sky’s coverage hit a peak of 800,000 viewers across Sky News and Sky Showcase, according to official Barb viewing figures provided by agency Digital-i.

While impressive numbers, it was easily beaten by the record audiences tuning in for the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth.

Last year, more than 29 million people in the UK watched the state funeral for the Queen, with a peak of 19.5m viewers on BBC One, 5.3 on ITV and a peak of 1.8m on Sky.

In 1953, when the Queen was coronated, it was the first service to be televised for most people at the time.

According to the Royal Family website, 27 million people in the UK watched the ceremony on television and 11 million listened on the radio.

The royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William received 162 million viewers worldwide in April 2011.

Estimated figures in the UK claim there was a peak audience of 26.3 million viewers and a total of 36.7 million watching at least some part of the wedding coverage.

In 2018, it was claimed that 18 million people watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with a peak audience of 13.2m on the BBC and an estimated 1.9 billion viewers worldwide.

When Diana, Princess of Wales tragically died in 1997, it is estimated 2 to 2.5 billion people tuned into her funeral worldwide, 31 million of those being in the UK making it one of the most watched live broadcasts to date.

The Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002 was watched by a peak audience of more than 10 million television viewers.

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