Buckingham Palace have announced new details surrounding King Charles III’s Coronation weekend from Saturday 6th – Monday 8th May 2023. Aside from the traditional Coronation service at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May, highlights will include a star-studded concert at Windsor Castle as well as a Coronation Big Lunch and a extra bank-holiday.
Royal Circular details all of the celebrations below;
Saturday 6th May
The traditional Coronation service will take place at Westminster Abbey on the morning of Saturday 6th May. His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen will both be crowned in a service of religious symbolism and pageantry. Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in June 1953 lasted approximately three hours, though it is expected that King Charles’s ceremony will be considerably shorter. It is expected that elements of the service will be reduced including the paying of homage, which it has been reported that The Prince of Wales will be the only member of The Royal Family to take part in this role.
The King and Queen will take part in The King’s procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. The Coronation procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace is expected to be much larger in size and will see various members of The Royal Family included. There will follow a Buckingham Palace balcony appearance of which it is unknown yet who will appear alongside Their Majesties.
Sunday 7th May
A concert will be held at Windsor Castle to celebrate The King’s Coronation. Though the line-up is yet to be announced, it has been promised that world-famous entertainers will be in attendance. The concert will be broadcast on the BBC and is set to feature “global music icons, orchestras and a diverse coronation choir”. The choir will be picked from amateur choirs including from the NHS, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf-signing choirs. There will be a laser and drone lightshow however it is not expected that beacons will be lit across the nation – in another break from tradition.
A ballot for tickets for the concert at Windsor will be held by the BBC and further details of this will be announced later this year.
Coronation Big Lunch street parties are also expected to be held in their thousands across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
Monday 8th May
As well as this being an extra bank-holiday, The King and Queen are hopeful that individuals and communities will get together and get involved in local volunteering projects in the Big Help Out.
Though nothing is confirmed as of yet, in previous Coronation’s, the Sovereign has delivered broadcasts to the nation as well as hosting official banquets for guests and visiting dignitaries.
Further details on the Coronation and who will be in attendance will be announced in due course.