King Charles III coronation: New details released by Buckingham Palace, including a star-studded concert
Buckingham palace on Saturday unveiled new details about King Charles III’s coronation celebration over a weekend in May, which will include a star-studded televised concert at Windsor Palace.
The festivities will begin with the coronation of Charles and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on the morning of May 6 (where of Queen Elizabeth II funeral was held), which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The palace called it a “solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pomp.”
“As previously announced, the Service will reflect the role of the Monarch today and look to the future, while taking root in long-standing traditions and pageantry,” the palace said in a statement.
It is expected to be a smaller event compared to the late queen’s coronation in 1953.
The King and Queen Consort will arrive from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the “King’s Procession” and then return to the palace in the larger “Coronation Procession” which will include 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 gave no information on 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 its surrounding events.
Harry declined to say whether he would accept a coronation invite in a recent interview, saying: “A lot can happen between now and then. But the door is always open. The ball is in their court.”
On Saturday 7 May, “world music icons and contemporary stars” will headline a BBC produced Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle. The palace did not specify who would perform in 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. Through a nationwide vote, several thousand Britons will receive free tickets to the show.
The concert will also feature an orchestra, dancers, a Coronation Choir comprised of community choirs from across the country, and “spoken word sequences delivered by stars of stage and screen.”
During the show, iconic locations across the UK will be lit up to ‘Light Up the Nation’.
On Sunday, people from across the country are invited to eat together for the Great Coronation Luncheons, a national act of celebration and friendship. “From a cup of tea with a neighbor to a block party, a Grand Coronation Luncheon 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, will take place on Monday May 8 and will “encourage people to try volunteering themselves and join the work being done to support their local areas.”
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Carlos and Camilla “I hope that Coronation weekend provides an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, family and communities across the UK, Realms and Commonwealth,” the statement said. “Their Majesties look forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023.”