Buckingham Palace announces on Saturday, 21 January 2023, forthcoming plans for the Coronation Weekend from Saturday, 6 May, to Monday, 8 May 2023.

Westminster Abbey in 2013. Photo: Σπάρτακος (changes by Rabanus Flavus) – File: Westminster-Abbey.JPG, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76031882

A Coronation is a great occasion for celebrations and King Charles and Queen Camilla want to encourage people across the UK, the Realms and the Commonwealth to celebrate with family, friends and their local communities.

After all, it has been 70 years since the last one in 1953.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla will be crowned in Westminster Abbey an event rooted in longstanding pomp, pageantry, history, and spectacles, with traditions dating back to Anglo-Saxon times but, this time, will also reflect diversity and inclusion in 21st-Century Britain.

The last joint coronation occurred on 12 May 1937 when the present monarch’s grandparents, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth, were crowned in Westminster Abbey.

A statement from the Dean of Westminster Dr David Hoyle said,

‘Sovereignty is constant. In Westminster Abbey was for William the Conqueror on 25 December 1066 we celebrate and tell the long story of a monarchy faithful to God and God’s people. It is a huge privilege for us to write the next page.’

King Charles III will be the 40th monarch to be crowned since William the Conqueror in 1066.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, 70 years ago

Saturday, 6 May

King Charles and Queen Camilla will leave Buckingham Palace to travel in the traditional King’s Procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

The Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey

The Coronation Service, a solemn, religious service, will be held on Saturday morning, based on Zadok the Priest anointing King Solomon in the Bible.

Composer George Frederick Handel’s anthem Zadok the Priest has been performed at every coronation since King George II in 1727.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, anoint King Charles and Queen Camilla with holy oil from the ampulla, using the Coronation spoon dating back to the 12th Century before they are both crowned.

King Charles will be crowned whilst sitting in the Coronation Chair, which is known historically as St Edward’s Chair or King Edward’s Chair, with the Stone of Destiny, or the Stone of Scone underneath.

The Coronation Chair has been used in coronations for over 700 years.

Following the service, King Charles and Queen Camilla will travel in the Coronation Procession (a larger ceremonial procession), back to Buckingham Palace.

Afterwards, The King and The Queen, with other working members of the Royal Family, will appear on the balcony with a fly-past.

The Coronation Chair in 2023. Photo: Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_Chair

Sunday, 7 May

The Coronation Big Lunch

Local communities are invited to join in to share food and fun at Coronation Big Lunches, from a cup of tea with a neighbour to huge street parties in the spirit of friendship and to celebrate this historic event – like those held celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

The Big Lunch team at the Eden Project will oversee the Big Coronation Lunch, which is made possible by The National Lottery, which will bring millions together every year to boost community spirit, reduce loneliness and support charities.

Thousands of events are expected to take place in local streets, gardens, parks and community spaces.

Queen Camilla became the Big Lunch’s Royal Patron in 2013.

The Big Lunch team provides free downloadable resources to help people and communities to begin planning for their own Coronation Big Lunch events

The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle

A special Coronation Concert will be held at Windsor Castle, on the East Lawn for the public and volunteers from King Charles and Queen Camilla’s many charities and patronages.

The BBC and BBC Studios will produce and stage the concert with some of the world’s biggest entertainers, a world-class orchestra, and stars of stage and screen will deliver spoken word sequences and dancers.

The Coronation Choir will make an exclusive appearance at the concert, with members from community choirs and amateur singers, who represent the many faces and voices of the United Kingdom.

A Virtual Choir, with singers from across the Commonwealth, will appear alongside the Coronation Choir.

Windsor Castle. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

The Coronation Concert’s highlight is the ‘Lighting up the Nation’ will see many across the United Kingdom joining together with as many famous locations are lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.

BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds will broadcast the Coronation Concert live.

Several thousands of tickets will be held through a national ballot to receive a pair of free tickets.

8 May 2023

The Big Help Out

Members of the public are invited to participate in The Big Help Out to encourage people to have a go with volunteering and support organisations in their local areas.

Details on how to attend or organise a Big Help Out event, information will be available on the Big Help Out website from 20 March.


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