Buckingham Palace released new details about King Charles III’s coronation celebrations on Saturday. released, which will last a weekend this May and will include a star-studded televised concert at Windsor Palace.
The celebrations begin with the coronation of Charles and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on the morning of May 6 (where Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral took place), conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The palace called it a “solemn service as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry”.
“As previously announced, the service will reflect the monarch’s role today and look to the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry,” the palace said in a press release.
It is expected to be a slimmed down event compared to the late Queen’s coronation in 1953.
The King and Queen consort will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the ‘Procession of Kings’ and then return to the Palace in the larger ‘Coronation Procession’ which will be attended by members of the Royal Family.
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The Royal Family will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wrap up the day’s events.
The palace did not say whether Prince Harry, who is promoting his book Spare, which is very critical of the royal family, or Meghan Markle will attend the coronation or any of the related events.
Harry declined to say in a recent interview whether he would accept an invitation to the coronation, saying: “A lot can happen before then. But the door is always open. They have the ball.”
On Saturday 7 May, “global music icons and contemporary stars” will headline a coronation concert at Windsor Castle, produced by the BBC. The palace did not specify who would be performing at the show.
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The concert is open to the public and will include volunteers from the King’s and Queen’s charities. A national vote has given thousands of Brits free tickets to the show.
The concert will also have an orchestra, dancers, a coronation choir made up of community choirs from across the country, and “voice sequences from stage and film stars.”
During the show, iconic landmarks across the UK will be illuminated for “Lighting up the Nation”.
On Sunday, people across the country are invited to eat together at the Coronation Big Lunches, a nationwide act of celebration and friendship. “From a cup of tea with a neighbor to a street party, a Coronation Big Lunch brings the celebrations to your neighborhood and is a great way to get to know your community a little better,” the palace said.
The Big Help Out, a volunteer initiative, is taking place on Monday 8th May and “will encourage people to volunteer themselves and join the work that is being done to support their local areas”.
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Charles and Camilla “hope the Coronation weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, family and communities across the UK, the wealthy and the Commonwealth,” the press release said. “Their Majesties look forward to celebrating this occasion with the public in 2023.”