King Charles III’s Coronation: Details Revealed by Buckingham Palace
by Karen Rollins Jan 23, 2023
King Charles III’s coronation in May will include three days of celebrations and special events across the UK, Buckingham Palace has revealed.
The coronation will take place on Saturday 6 May. On Sunday 7 May, there will be a ‘Coronation Big Lunch’ and ‘Coronation Concert’. On Monday 8 May there will be an extra bank holiday and the public are encouraged to join in ‘The Big Help Out’ by volunteering in their local areas.
The coronation on Saturday morning will begin with King Charles III and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, departing Buckingham Palace in the ‘King’s Procession’. Thousands of people are expected to line the streets as the royal couple make their way to Westminster Abbey.
Around 2,000 guests including faith leaders, foreign heads of state, MPs, and peers are invited to the coronation ceremony. It will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and is expected to last just over an hour.
The Palace said the coronation will be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry.” It added that the momentous occasion will “reflect the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
👑 Communities across the UK will be encouraged to come together to celebrate the Coronation with events including Big Lunches, volunteering days and a concert in the grounds of Windsor Castle which will be open to a public ballot.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 21, 2023
After the ceremony, the King and Queen Consort will return to Buckingham Palace accompanied by other members of the royal family in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’.
Charles and Camilla and close family members will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The next day, communities across the UK are encouraged to attend and host street parties “in a nationwide act of celebration and friendship”.
In the evening, the ‘Coronation Concert’ featuring “global music icons and contemporary stars,” will be held on Windsor Castle’s East Lawn.
The concert will be attended by a public audience including volunteers from the King and Queen Consort’s charitable organisations, as well as thousands of members of the public selected through a national ballot held by the BBC.
The aim of ‘The Big Help Out’ on bank holiday Monday is to reflect the King’s longstanding public service and create “a lasting volunteering legacy”.