While many of Europe’s monarchies dropped the pomp and circumstance of their ceremonies, the coronation of Great Britain’s next monarch will look similar to those that came a millennia before.

For over 1,000 years, the traditions and legal proceedings that accompany the coronation of a British monarch have managed to remain relatively consistent, while at the same time evolving with the times as needed. However, thanks to the record-breaking reign of Queen Elizabeth II – crowned in 1953 – many Britons have never seen a royal succession in their lifetime.

For those who don’t remember what goes into a new monarch being crowned, or those who were around but need a refresher course, our handy guide will take you through the line of succession, the history of British coronation traditions, and the ceremony itself.