King Charles to shake up traditional coronation service for a ‘more religiously and culturally diverse’ celebration

Jan 23, 2023
A three-day celebration is officially scheduled in honour of King Charles' coronation. Source: Getty

The UK is set to have one of the most significant weekends this May as Buckingham Palace has just released further details on King Charles III‘s upcoming coronation.

Royal fans will be delighted to be informed that in addition to King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla’s coronation ceremony on Saturday, May 6, the celebration will include two days of festive fun and community-based initiatives.

“Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort hope the Coronation Weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families and communities across the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth,” the Palace’s press release reads.

“Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023.”

Charles will be the UK’s first new monarch in over 70 years. Source: Getty 

King Charles’ Coronation Ceremony

The historic weekend will kick start its festivities following Charles and Camilla’s coronation at Westminster Abbey, where the Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the service.

According to the DailyMail, Charles’ coronation will be “more religiously and culturally diverse.” Unlike the late Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, Charles has planned a more scaled-back ceremony, lasting only one hour and welcoming only 2,000 guests.

The Palace had previously stated that this year’s coronation will “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future” but will still be “rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry”.

Following the service, the newly crowned monarch will be joined by other members of the Royal Family for a procession back to Buckingham Palace where they will make their appearance on the iconic Palace balcony.

Block parties have become a staple in the UK for royal celebrations. Source: Getty 

Windsor Coronation Concert and Coronation Big Lunch

On Sunday, May 7, members of the public are encouraged to embrace their sense of community with a Coronation Big Lunch.

Per the Palace press release, “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”.

In the evening, members of the UK are cordially invited to Windsor Castle’s East Lawn for a star-studded Coronation Concert featuring a lineup of “global music icons and contemporary stars”.

Amateur choir groups from across the country will also be performing at the concert.

A national ballot will be held for the public offering free pairs of tickets for the concert, where attendees will be rubbing shoulders with members from a handful of the King and Queen Consort’s charity affiliations.

Those unable to attend the Coronation Concert won’t be missing out on the fun though, as various locations around the nation will be lit up with projections, lasers and drone displays.

The concert will also be broadcasted live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

In his previous role as Prince of Wales, Charles supported over 420 different charities. Source: Getty 

The Big Help Out

Finally, on Monday, May 8,  a nationwide initiative called The Big Help Out will take place to “highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation” and to recognise Charles’ contribution to public service.

According to the Palace, “The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.”

“The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the coronation weekend,” the Palace said.

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