The coronation ceremony of Charles III will take place on the morning of May 6 at Westminster Abbey.
Buckingham Palace began to unveil on Saturday the program for the three days of festivities on the occasion of the coronation of King Charles III: after the ceremony on May 6 at Westminster Abbey, there will be a concert of stars, a “big lunchcampaign and initiatives to promote volunteerism.
The coronation of Charles, 74, will take place eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. Buckingham wants to makethis historic event“a moment of celebration, which gives”opportunity for people to get together“. But will the royal family itself be reunited? Buckingham did not say in its statement if Harry and his wife Meghan, exiled in California, will be present.
The palace has never officially reacted to the prince’s explosive book, “The Alternate“, published on January 10, in which he makes severe accusations against several members of the royal family, in particular his brother William and the queen consort Camilla. The coronation is traditionally held in the months following the accession to the throne. This period allows both to observe the national mourning and the royal mourning, and to organize the ceremony.
The last coronation, that of Elizabeth II, dates back to June 2, 1953. For the first time, the ceremony, grandiose, had been broadcast on television and watched by 27 million Britons, for 36 million inhabitants at the time. . It had lasted more than three hours, in front of 8,251 guests massed in the Abbey. 129 nations and territories were officially represented.
The coronation ceremony of Charles III will take place on the morning of May 6, at Westminster Abbey, like the previous coronations of British monarchs for 900 years. It will, as tradition dictates, be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church.
“The coronation is a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry.says Buckingham. Ceremony “will be forward-looking, while being steeped in traditions and longstanding pageantry“. Charles’ wife, Camilla, will also be crowned.
Charles III and Camilla will arrive in Westminster from Buckingham Palace in a procession called the ‘king’s procession“. After the ceremony, they will return to Buckingham as part of the “coronation procession“, for which they will be joined by other members of the royal family. To conclude this first day, the king and queen consort, accompanied by members of the royal family, will appear on the balcony of Buckingham, to greet the crowd.
The following day will be a concert at Windsor Castle, west London, with “international music icons and contemporary stars“. It will be broadcast on the BBC. Buckingham, however, did not mention the names of the artists who will perform on stage. Among the audience will be volunteers from charities supported by Charles and Camilla. A “coronation choirwill also feature a concert, featuring singers from refugee choirs, the public health service, LGBTQ+ and deaf singing groups. In the evening, iconic locations across the UK will be illuminated.
The public will also be invited on May 7 to participate in the “grand coronation breakfast», neighborhood parties for «celebrate friendship“. “Thousands of eventsshould take place in streets, gardens, parks, according to Buckingham. These popular celebrations recall those that took place in June 2022 for Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, for her 70 years of reign. Across the UK, tens of thousands of neighbours’ lunches and picnics had been organized to celebrate this hugely popular monarch.
On Monday, May 8, which will be a public holiday, people will be encouraged to volunteer. This approach aims tobring people together and create a volunteer movement that will last beyond coronation weekend“, said the palace.