“Big Lunch” and more: details about the coronation of King Carlos

A huge concert and street parties across the UK will mark the coronation of King Charles III. to be celebrated

The palace announced the details of the long coronation weekend from May 6 to 8 on Sunday night. Consequently, the ceremony itself will take place on Saturday morning at Westminster Abbey in London. There the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will crown Carlos and his queen, Camilla.

It is the first coronation of a British monarch in 70 years. Charles’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was also crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. She died on September 8, 2022. Her eldest son has since been king.

It will be a service that will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, but will also be rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry, the palace said. It is an “occasion of celebration and pageantry.”

Charles and Camilla will be in a procession from Buckingham Palace to the church and then back to the City Palace, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family. There, the royal family will be shown to viewers on the balcony at the end of the celebrations.

Will Harry and Meghan attend the coronation?

It is unclear which family members will be there. It is questionable whether Charles’ youngest son, Prince Harry, and his wife, Duchess Meghan, are invited to the coronation. Harry had made serious accusations against the palace and his family in the recently published “Reserve” biography of him. Harry and Meghan traveled to London for the 70th anniversary of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s throne in June 2022. At the time, however, only their closest relatives were present on the balcony, taking on representative duties. The couple had renounced their royal duties.

Dozens of heads of state from around the world and tens of thousands of visitors are expected in London for the coronation weekend. British Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan spoke of a “huge milestone in the history of the UK and the Commonwealth”. A “mixture of tradition and modernity, culture and community that makes our country great” is celebrated.

Mega concert and “Great Lunch”

The celebrations continue beyond the ceremony itself. A grand concert featuring “world music icons and contemporary stars” is planned at Windsor Castle on Sunday to honor the royal couple, the palace further announced. The announced light effects bring back memories of the Queen’s anniversary concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Thousands of tickets will be raffled across the country. A “coronation choir” will be formed especially for the event, which must include members of numerous special choirs, such as refugees, members of the LGBTQ+ community, or the hearing impaired.

Throughout Sunday, people are called to street festivals and tea parties for the “Great Coronation Luncheon,” more or less: the big coronation meal. Thousands of events are expected across the country, he said. This was also somewhat similar on Queen Elizabeth’s anniversary weekend last June.

Due to the coronation, people in the UK also have another unique holiday on the 8th of May. Under the slogan “Big Help” (great help), the population is encouraged to learn about volunteer work in their communities. The government is also considering plans to extend pub closing times to three weekend nights.

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