Buckingham Palace released new details on Saturday for King Charles III’s coronation celebration this May, which will include a star-studded televised concert at Windsor Palace.
The festivities will begin with the coronation of Charles and Queen Consort Camilla at Westminster Abbey on the morning of 6 May (where Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was held), which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The palace called it a “solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry”.
“As previously announced, the service will reflect the monarch’s role today and look to the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry,” the palace said in a statement.
It is expected to be a more streamlined event compared to the late Queen’s coronation in 1953.
The King and Queen Consort will arrive from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the “King’s Procession” and return to the palace later in the larger “Coronation Procession”, which will include members of the royal family.
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The royal family will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to conclude the day’s events.
The palace did not provide information on whether Prince Harry, who is promoting his book “Spare”, which is highly critical of the royal family, or Meghan Markle will attend the coronation or any of the related events.
Harry declined to say whether he would accept an invitation to the coronation in a recent interview, saying: “A lot can happen between now and then. But the door is always open. The ball is in their court.”
On Saturday 7 May, “global music icons and contemporary stars” will headline the Coronation Concert, produced by the BBC, at Windsor Castle. The palace did not specify who would perform at the show.
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The concert is open to the public and will feature volunteers from the charities of the King and Queen Consort. Through a national vote, several thousand Britons will receive free tickets to the show.
The concert will also feature an orchestra, dancers, a Coronation Choir made up of community choirs from across the country, and “word sequences spoken by stars of stage and screen.”
During the show, iconic landmarks across the UK will be illuminated to “Light Up the Nation”.
On Sunday, people across the country are invited to dine together for the Coronation Grand Lunches, a national act of celebration and friendship. “From a cup of tea with a neighbor to a street party, a Grand Coronation Luncheon brings the celebrations to your neighborhood and is a great way to get to know your community a little better,” the palace said.
Big Help Out, a volunteering initiative, will take place on Monday, May 8th and “will encourage people to try to volunteer and join in the work being done to support their local areas.”
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Charles and Camilla “hope that Coronation Weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, family and communities across the UK, Realms and Commonwealth,” the statement said. “Their Majesties look forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023.”