Buckingham Palace unveiled Charles III’s coronation program this Saturday, January 21
The coronation of Charles III will take place on Saturday May 6
Many festivities are planned in the days following the coronation
An event that promises to be grandiose. This Saturday, January 21, Buckingham Palace unveiled the main lines of the coronation of King Charles III. If he did not indicate in his press release whether Harry and his wife Meghan will be present for this great moment, the palace revealed that the coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday morning May 6. It will be, as tradition dictates, 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,” Buckingham said, adding that the ceremony “will be forward-looking, while being steeped in tradition and long-standing pageantry. date”.
Charles III and his wife Camilla will arrive in Westminster from Buckingham Palace in a procession called the “King’s Procession”. After the ceremony, the couple will return to Buckingham as part of the ‘coronation procession’, for which they will be joined by other members of the Royal Family. “At Buckingham Palace, the King and Queen Consort, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, will appear on the balcony to conclude” the day, the palace continues.
A concert and a “grand coronation luncheon”
The day after the coronation, a concert, broadcast on the BBC, will take place at Windsor Castle, with “international music icons and contemporary stars”. However, we do not yet know the identity of the artists who will perform on stage. A “coronation choir” will also perform, with singers from refugee choirs, the public health service, LGBTQ+ and deaf singing groups. In the evening, iconic locations across the UK will be illuminated.
That same day, the population is also invited to participate in the “grand coronation lunch”, neighborhood parties to “celebrate friendship”. According to the press release, “thousands of events” could thus take place in the streets, gardens or even parks.
Finally, for Monday May 8, which will be a public holiday, the British are encouraged to volunteer. An approach that aims to “bring people together and create a volunteer movement that will last after the coronation weekend”, explained the palace.
King Charles III © Julien Burton