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Buckingham Palace on Saturday revealed details of King Charles III’s coronation, which will include three days of celebrations across the country in which the public will be invited to take part.
The Coronation will take place on Saturday 6th May, with a ‘Coronation Grand Lunch’ and ‘Coronation Concert’ the following day and an additional celebration on Monday. The public will be invited on the final day to join ‘The Big Help Out’ by volunteering in their communities.
“Everyone is invited to join in, every day,” Michelle Donnellan, UK secretary for digital, culture, media and sport, said in a statement.
“Whether that’s by organizing a special street party, watching the Coronation Ceremony or a spectacular concert on TV, or stepping forward during The Big Help Out to help causes that matter to them.”
The coronation itself will be “a solemn religious service as well as an occasion for celebration and performance” conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the palace said.
The palace reiterated that it “will reflect the monarch’s role today and look to the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and grace.”
The replica from the palace is interpreted by experts as a hint that Charles’ coronation will be different and more low-key than the one his late mother experienced seven decades ago, with a shorter ceremony and changes to some of the feudal elements of the ritual. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first live royal event and lasted three hours.
Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a procession from Buckingham Palace known as the ‘Royal Procession’ and return later in a larger ceremonial procession known as the ‘Coronation Procession’ accompanied by by other members of the royal family.
The King and Queen, along with members of the Royal Family, will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to conclude the day’s events.
At this stage, the palace has not specified which family members will appear in the procession and on the balcony, following Prince Andrew’s continued exile from public life as a result of historic allegations of sexual abuse and the publication of Prince Harry’s memoirs, which oppose his family.
“It would help Charles a lot in terms of his image if Harry and Meghan were there,” royal historian Kate Williams previously told CNN. “It will look particularly bad for him if his son isn’t there because of course Harry is still very high in line for the throne and so are his children.”
In a sign that not all Britons will be celebrating the event, anti-monarchy campaigner Republic has pledged 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 theater is a slap in the face for millions of people struggling with a cost of living crisis.
“We have already contacted the Metropolitan Police and expect them to assist in a peaceful and meaningful protest. We intend to make our presence felt in Parliament Square as the royal procession passes the Abbey.
The day after the coronation, May 7, thousands of events are expected to take place across the country as part of the ‘Coronation Big Lunch’, while yet-to-be-named ‘global music icons and contemporary stars’ will gather for a ‘Coronation Concert’ held on the east lawn of Windsor Castle, the palace said.
“The Coronation Grand Lunch helps you bring the celebration right into your own street or backyard,” said Peter Stewart, chief objectives officer at event organisers, the Eden Project.
“Sharing friendship, food and fun together gives people more than just a good time – people feel less lonely, make friends and stay more engaged with their community,” he added in a statement.
The concert will be attended by an audience made up of volunteers from the King and Queen Consort’s charities, as well as several thousand members of the public chosen by a national vote run by the BBC.
They will see “a world-class orchestra playing interpretations of beloved musical works led by some of the world’s greatest artists alongside performers from the world of dance… and a selection of spoken word sequences presented by stars on stage and the screen,” the palace said, adding that the line-up would be released in due course.
A diverse group made up of British Refugee Choirs, NHS Choirs, LGBTQ+ Choirs and Deaf Singing 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.
Famous places in 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.
“This is going to be a festival of volunteerism,” said John Knight, CEO of the Together Coalition.
“The aim is to create a legacy of better connected communities long after the coronation itself.”
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