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Coronation of King Charles III: Buckingham Palace reveals details of three-day celebration

Coronation of King Charles III: Buckingham Palace reveals details of three-day celebration
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Buckingham Palace Details of King Charles III’s coronation were announced on Saturday. unveiled, which will be celebrated across the country for three days in which the public will attend.

The Coronation will take place on Saturday 6 May, the Coronation Big Lunch and Coronation Concert the following day and an additional bank holiday on Monday. The public is invited on the final day to join The Big Help Out by volunteering in their communities.

“Everyone is invited to get involved every day,” said Michelle Donelan, UK Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in a statement.

“Be it by hosting a special street festival, watching the coronation ceremony or a spectacular concert on TV, or stepping forward during The Big Help Out to support causes that are important to them.”

The coronation itself will be “a solemn service and 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”.

This line from the palace was interpreted by experts as indicating that Charles’ coronation will be different and more subdued than that experienced by his late mother seven decades ago, with a shorter ceremony and changes to some of the ritual’s feudal elements. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first live televised royal event and lasted three hours.

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

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 later in a larger ceremonial procession known as ‘The Coronation Procession’, accompanied by others return members of the royal family.

The King and Queen Consort will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside members of the Royal Family to wrap up the day’s events.

At this point, the palace has yet to determine which family members will appear in the procession and on the balcony, following Prince Andrew’s continued ban from public life amid historic sexual abuse allegations and the release of Prince Harry’s memoir that railed against it his family.

“It would help Charles a lot in terms of his image if Harry and Meghan were there,” said royal historian Kate Williams previously to CNN. “It will look particularly bad for him if his son isn’t there because of course Harry is still very high in line to the throne, as are his children.”

In a sign that not all Britons will celebrate the event, anti-monarchy campaigning group Republic promised to protest near Westminster Abbey. “The coronation is a celebration of hereditary power and privilege, it has no place in modern society,” spokesman Graham Smith said in a statement.

“At a cost of tens of millions of pounds, this pointless play is a slap in the face to millions of people struggling with the cost of living crisis.

“We have already been in contact with the Metropolitan Police and expect them to facilitate a peaceful and meaningful protest. We intend to make our presence felt in Parliament Square when the royal procession passes through to the Abbey.”

The day after the Coronation, May 7th, thousands of events are expected across the country as part of the “Coronation Big Lunch” while as yet undisclosed “global music icons and contemporary stars” attend a “Coronation Concert” to be held on the East Lawn from Windsor Castle, the palace announced.

“The Coronation Big Lunch helps you bring the celebration right to your own street or backyard,” said Peter Stewart, chief purpose officer at the Eden Project, the event’s organizer.

“Sharing friendship, food and fun together gives people more than just a good time — people feel less lonely, make friends and are more involved in their community,” he added in a statement.

The concert will be attended by a public audience made up of volunteers from the King and Queen Consort charities as well as several thousand members of the public selected by a nationwide vote conducted by the BBC.

You’ll see a “world-class orchestra perform renditions of musical favorites led by some of the world’s greatest entertainers, along with performers from the world of dance… and a selection of spoken-word sequences inspired by Stage – and film stars are presented”. Palace said, adding that a line-up would be released in due course.

King Charles III  and the Queen Consort attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on December 6th.

A diverse group consisting of British refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf choirs will form The Coronation Choir and will also perform at the concert alongside The Virtual Choir, made up of singers from across the Commonwealth.

Well-known locations across the country will also be illuminated with projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations as part of the concert.

The celebrations will conclude on Bank Holiday Monday with hundreds of activities planned by local community groups for The Big Help Out.

“It’s going to be a celebration of volunteerism,” said Jon Knight, executive director of the Together Coalition.

“The goal is to create a legacy of better connected communities well beyond the coronation.”

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