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King's Coronation

Published on 11 April 2023 11:26 AM

King's Coronation

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort

Saturday 6th May 2023 – The Coronation

Charles ascended to the throne following on from the death of his mother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th of September 2022.  The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6th May, 2023 at Westminster Abbey and the service will be conducted by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury. The Service will reflect the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.  Following the ceremony, the King and Queen Consort will return to Buckingham Palace in a large ceremonial procession.  They will be joined by other members of the Royal Family and the day will end with the Royal Family appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Sunday 7th May 2023 – The Big Lunch and Coronation Concert

Neighbours and communities across the United Kingdom are invited to share food and fun together at Coronation Big Lunches on Sunday 7th May 2023, in a nationwide act of celebration and friendship. From a cup of tea with a neighbour to a street party, a Coronation Big Lunch brings the celebrations to your neighbourhood and is a great way to get to know your community a little better.

The Coronation Big Lunch will be organised by the Big Lunch Team at the Eden Project. The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project, made possible by National Lottery funding.  This Big Lunch Project brings millions of people together annually to boost community spirit, reduce loneliness and support charities and good causes. Her Majesty The Queen Consort has been Patron of the Big Lunch since 2013.

On the evening, a special Coronation Concert will take place at Windsor Castle on the East Lawn. Produced, staged and broadcast live by the BBC.  The Coronation Concert will bring stars together in celebration of the historic occasion.   The Concert will be attended by a public audience, including many volunteers from the King and Queen Consorts charity affiliations.

Alongside the stars of the concert, the show will also see an exclusive appearance from The Coronation Choir. The choir is made up of a diverse group and will be created from the nation’s keenest community choirs and amateur singers from across the United Kingdom, such as Refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs. The Coronation Choir will appear alongside The Virtual Choir, made up of singers from across the Commonwealth, for a special performance on the night.

Monday 8th May 2023 - The Big Help Out

The Big Help Out will be held on Monday 8th May 2023 — the additional bank holiday. Organised by The Together Coalition and 25 of the UK's biggest charities, The Big Help Out will highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation. From rolling up your sleeves to help a local group, to volunteering at a food bank, this is the chance to lend a hand in your neighbourhood.