Three days of planned events for the coronation of King Charles

Three days of planned events for the coronation of King Charles

LONDON – Buckingham Palace is planning a weekend of community and volunteer events to mark the coronation of King Charles III, seeking to highlight the monarchy’s ties to the nation as Britain takes on a new sovereign for the first time in 70 years. year.

The plans were revealed on Saturday when the Palace released the schedule for the three-day coronation weekend, which will begin with the coronation of Charles and Camilla, the queen, on Saturday, May 6.

The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will be preceded by a procession from Buckingham Palace to the abbey. This will be followed by another procession, in which Charles and Camilla will be joined by other members of the royal family, and an appearance on the palace balcony.

But there will be more to the weekend than crowns, scepters and ermine robes.

The Palace wants the crown to show that the monarchy still has a role in a multicultural nation struggling to deal with a cost-of-living crisis, budget cuts and a wave of strikes by public sector workers.

Although Queen Elizabeth II was widely respected, as demonstrated by the thousands of people who waited hours to file past her coffin after she died in September, there is no guarantee that respect will transfer to her son oldest.

The coronation will be a solemn service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, but the palace is also planning a weekend of events highlighting the diverse communities and cultures that make up modern Britain.

The Palace is asking neighborhoods across the nation to take part in the “Coronation Big Lunch” on Sunday, May 7 – the latest incarnation of the block parties that have become a staple of big royal celebrations.

That night there will be a concert at Windsor Castle featuring choirs from amateur companies across the UK, including refugee choirs, National Health Service choirs, LGBTQ singing groups and deaf signing choirs. The “Coronation Choir” will be performing along with another song made up of singers from across the Commonwealth which will be featured almost during the televised concert which will include the yet to be revealed headliners.

During the concert, venues across the country will be lit up using projections, lasers and drone displays.

The following day, the Palace is inviting people across the country to take part in “The Big Help Out,” encouraging them to volunteer in their own communities.

“The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and take part in the work that is going on to support their local areas,” the Palace said in a statement. “The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting legacy of volunteering from coronation weekend.”

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