Buckingham Palace announced its plans for the Coronation Weekend between Saturday 6th, and Monday, 8th May, 2023. London will be busy this weekend with so many events and tributes to celebrate the King’s Coronation. Many people will be celebrating locally or at home. However, if you want to get close to the action, then have a look at the Coronation Guide that was confirmed by the Palace itself for the Bank Holiday weekend!
Giant crown in Marble Arch, London
Check out this giant crown, which has been unveiled at Marble Arch to celebrate the King’s coronation.
It is modelled on St Edward’s Crown, which the King will be crowned with during Saturday’s service at Westminster Abbey – and it lights up at night too!
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6th May 2023. The Service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
On Sunday, 7th May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle by the BBC and BBC Studios.
The Coronation Big Lunch will also take place across the country this Sunday. It encourages neighbours and communities to have lunch and fun together.
On Monday, 8th May 2023, public members will be invited to participate in The Big Help Out, which will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.
Saturday 6th May 2023
The Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey
The Coronation Service will take place this Saturday morning, 6th May 2023, at Westminster Abbey for the main religious service.
Their Majesties, The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, otherwise known as ‘The King’s Procession’.
After the Service, Charles and Camilla will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’. Other Members of the Royal Family will join them in this procession.
At Buckingham Palace, The King and The Queen Consort, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will appear on the balcony to conclude the day’s ceremonial events.
Sunday 7th May 2023
The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle
On Sunday, 7th May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will take place at Windsor Castle. Produced, staged and broadcast live by the BBC and BBC Studios, the Coronation Concert will bring global music icons and stars together in celebration of the historic occasion.
The concert will see a world-class orchestra play interpretations of musical favourites fronted by some of the world’s biggest entertainers. Alongside A-list performers, including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Andrea Bocelli. The performances will be supported by staging and effects located on the Castle’s East Lawn. The concert will also feature a selection of spoken word sequences delivered by stars of stage and screen.
An exclusive appearance from The Coronation Choir will be staged on the night. This diverse group 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 centrepiece of the Coronation Concert, ‘Lighting up the Nation’, will see the country join together in celebration as iconic locations across the United Kingdom are lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
The Coronation Concert will be produced by BBC Studios, and broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.
Neighbours and communities across the United Kingdom are invited to share food and fun at Coronation Big Lunches on Sunday, 7th May 2023. A Coronation Big Lunch brings the celebrations locally to each community and neighbourhood.
The Coronation Big Lunch will be overseen and organised by the Big Lunch team at the Eden Project. The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project, made possible by The National Lottery. Bringing 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.
Thousands of people will take to their streets, gardens, parks and community spaces to join the Coronation celebrations and mark this historic occasion.
Free downloadable resources are available online by the Big Lunch team at CoronationBigLunch.com to help people and communities start their Coronation Big Lunch planning.
Monday 8th May 2023
The Big Help Out
The Big Help Outwill be held on Monday, 8th May 2023. This event is being organised by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners such as The Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service and faith groups from across the UK. The Big Help Out will highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation.
In tribute to His Majesty The King’s public service,The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering and 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.