Buckingham Palace on Saturday revealed details of King Charles III’s coronation, set to be less extravagant than his mother’s ceremony 70 years ago, in a reflection of the cost of living crisis many Britons are facing.
There will be three days of celebrations, with the coronation on Saturday, May 6, a “Coronation Grand Luncheon” and “Coronation Concert” the following day, and an extra holiday on Monday. The public will be invited on the last day to participate in “The Big Help Out” as a volunteer in their communities.
The coronation itself will be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry”, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the palace said.
It will, the palace reiterated, “reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.”
That palace line has been interpreted by pundits as a sign that Charles’s coronation will be different and more subdued than the one his late mother experienced seven decades ago, with a shorter ceremony and alterations to some of the feudal elements of the ritual. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first live televised royal event and lasted three hours.
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 larger ceremonial procession, known as “The Coronation Procession”. accompanied by other members of the royal family.
The King and Queen Consort, alongside members of the Royal Family, will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony to wrap up the day’s events.
At this point, the palace has not specified which family members will appear in the procession and on the balcony, following Prince Andrew’s continued exile from public life as a result of historic allegations of sexual abuse and the publication of Prince Harry’s memoir which criticized the family. his.
“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 be particularly bad for him if his son isn’t there because, of course, Harry is still very high in the line of the throne, as are his sons.”
The following day, May 7th, thousands of events are expected across the country as part of the “Coronation Grand Luncheon”, while the as yet unnamed “global music icons and contemporary stars” will gather for a “Coronation Concert” held on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle, said the palace.
The concert will be attended by an audience comprising volunteers from the King and Queen Consort’s charitable affiliations, as well as several thousand members of the public selected through a national poll conducted by the BBC.
They will see a “world-class orchestra play renditions of musical favorites led by some of the world’s greatest artists, alongside artists from the world of dance… and a selection of spoken word sequences delivered by stars of stage and screen.” the palace said, adding that a line-up would be released in due course.
A diverse group comprising refugee choirs from Great Britain, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf choirs, will form “The Coronation Choir” and will also perform at the concert, alongside “The Virtual Choir”, consisting of singers from across the Commonwealth.
Popular venues across the country will also be illuminated with projections, lasers, drone displays and lighting as part of the show.
The celebrations will conclude on Bank Holiday Monday with “The Big Help Out,” which will aim to “bring communities together and create a lasting Coronation Weekend volunteer legacy.”
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