Coronation of King Charles III: Buckingham Palace reveals details of three-day celebrations

Coronation of King Charles III: Buckingham Palace reveals details of three-day celebrations


Buckingham Palace on Saturday revealed details of the coronation of King Charles III, which is to be less extravagant than his mother’s ceremony 70 years ago, in a reflection of the cost of living crisis for many Britons.

There will be three days of celebrations, with the coronation on Saturday 6 May, the “Coronation Lunch” and “Coronation Concert” the following day, with an additional bank holiday on Monday. The public will be invited on the final day to join “The Big Help Out” by volunteering in their communities.

“The coronation itself will be a solemn religious service, as well as being an event of celebration and celebration,” led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the palace said.

The Palace reiterated, “it will reflect the role of the Monarch today and look to the future, rooted in tradition and long-standing tradition.”

Experts are interpreting that line from the palace as a hint that Charles’ coronation will be different and more disciplined than the one his late mother endured seven decades ago, with a shorter ceremony and reforms to some of the feudal elements of the ritual. . Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first royal event to be televised live and lasted three hours.

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a procession from Buckingham Palace, known as “The King’s Procession,” and will return later in a ceremonial procession, known as “The Coronation Procession,” accompanied by other members. of the royal family.

The King and Queen Consort, together with members of the royal family, will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to conclude the day’s proceedings.

At this stage, the Palace has not specified which members of the family will appear in the procession and on the balcony, following Prince Andrew’s continued exile from public life as a result of historical allegations of sexual abuse and the publication of Prince Harry’s memoir which opposed it. his family.

“It would help Charles a lot in terms of his image if Harry and Meghan were there,” royal historian Kate Williams previously told CNN. “It will look bad if his son isn’t there because, of course, Harry is still very high on the throne, as are his children.”

The following day, May 7, thousands of events are expected to take place across the country as part of the “Coronation Luncheon,” with as-yet-unnamed “world music icons and contemporary stars,” joining together for “Coronation. Concert” held on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle, the Palace said.

The concert will be attended by a public audience made up of volunteers from the King and Queen’s charitable friends and thousands of members of the public who will be selected through a national ballot held by the BBC.

They will look at “world-class orchestral interpretations of musical favorites as they face some of the world’s biggest entertainers, along with performers from the world of dance… ,” adding that a line-up would be released in due course.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on 6 December.

A diverse group made up of British Refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs will form “The Coronation Choir” and perform at the concert, along with “The Virtual Choir,” made up of singers from across the Commonwealth.

Well-known places around the country will also be illuminated using projections, lasers, drone displays and lights as part of the concert.

The celebrations will conclude on bank holiday Monday with “The Big Help Out” which aims to “bring communities together and create a lasting legacy of volunteering from Coronation Weekend.”

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