Buckingham Palace has announced the schedule for the coronation of King Charles of England on Saturday 6 May. As well as the usual ceremony, this weekend there are traditional processions, a concert at Windsor Castle, street parties and light shows.
In a statement, the palace said: “The King and Queen consort hope the Coronation weekend will provide an opportunity for people to spend time and celebrate with friends, family and communities across the Kingdom. Kingdom, Commonwealth and other territories under the fall of the kingdom”.
The official portion of the coronation of Charles and Camilla will take place at Westminster Abbey in London. This part of the ceremony will be primarily traditional and religious in nature. The royal couple will arrive in a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.
After the function, the bride and groom return to the palace where they look out on the balcony with other members of the royal family.
The concert at Windsor Castle will take place on Sunday 7 May. Who will perform is not yet known, but according to Buckingham Palace it is a combination of “international music icons and contemporary artists”. Also playing is a “world class” orchestra accompanied by “some of the greatest artists and dancers”.
Several thousand Britons can attend the musical event by drawing lots. The British are also called upon to take to the streets on Sundays to celebrate and share food. One day later, Monday May 8, is a day off. Buckingham Palace hopes Britons use the time to volunteer.
It is not specified who of the family is present at the coronation. For example, it is unclear whether King Charles’s younger son Harry was invited. Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have criticized the royal family in recent interviews, a Netflix documentary and a book.
Charles, 74, became king of the United Kingdom in September after his mother Queen Elizabeth died.