King Charles III coronation details revealed by Palace
May 6 will mark the first day in a historic bank holiday weekend for the UK. Celebrations will kick start on the day of the Coronation itself, and will carry on until May 8.
This weekend will give several chances to members of the public and supporters of the monarchy to catch a glimpse of King Charles and his wife Camilla, along with other members of the Firm.
But it also offers the opportunity to come together with their family, neighbours and community, as street parties and coronation celebrations will be held across the country.
To help readers navigate the special weekend, Express.co.uk has detailed the full schedule.
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The key timings to look out for on the day of the King’s Coronation.
6am: Viewing areas open along the procession route.
7.15 to 8.30am: Guests for Westminster Abbey begin to arrive at security checkpoints in Victoria Tower Gardens.
9am: Congregation to be seated inside the Abbey.
9.30 to 10.45am: Heads of state, overseas government representatives, Government ministers, First Ministers, former PMs, foreign royals and members of the royal family arrive.
9.45am: The Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry begin to gather ready for the procession from Buckingham Palace.
10.20am: The King and Queen Consort’s procession sets off from the Palace.
10.53am: The King and Queen Consort arrive at Westminster Abbey.
11am: Charles and Camilla enter the Abbey through the Great West Door and the service begins.
12pm: The King is crowned. The Archbishop of Canterbury places the St Edward’s Crown on Charles’s head. Trumpets will sound and gun salutes will be fired across the UK.
1pm: The service ends and the newly crowned King and Queen begin their coronation procession back to Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach.
1.33pm: Charles and Camilla are expected to enter Buckingham Palace through the Centre Arch.
1.45pm: The King and Queen Consort receive a royal salute from the military in the Palace gardens
Around 2.15pm: The King, Queen Consort and members of the royal family appear on the Palace balcony to watch the flypast.
On Coronation Day four major events will take place: The King’s Procession, the Coronation ceremony, the Coronation Procession and the flypast. Here we take a deeper look at what will happen:
The King’s Procession
The first procession will see the King and Queen departing from Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, drawn by six Windsor Grey horses.
The route announced includes passing through key London landmarks such as The Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Square before the arrival at Westminster Abbey.
By the time of the King and Queen’s arrival, all the guests – including members of the Royal Family – will have arrived at the abbey.
The Coronation service
The Coronation itself, to begin at 11am, has been described on the Royal Family’s official website as a “solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry”.
Led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it is expected to include multi-faith leaders, in keeping with the pledge made by Charles following his accession to the throne to be representative of multi-cultural Britain.
The sacred ceremony will be shorter than Queen Elizabeth II’s, which lasted for some three and a half hours.
The key moment during the ceremony will be the anointing of the monarch and his wife.
While most members of the Firm will likely sit in the royal box, Prince William has been tipped to play a greater role than his relatives in the ceremony, and his firstborn Prince George will be one of the eight pages of honour.
The Coronation Procession
At the end of the ceremony, only senior royals will accompany the newly-crowned King and Queen.
Together, they will take part in the Coronation Procession, which will see a series of carriages bringing back the royals to Buckingham Palace in the early afternoon.
Among those expected to follow the King and Queen, who will use the historic Gold State Coach drawn by eight Windsor Grey horses, are the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children.
The balcony appearance
Once the royals will have arrived at Buckingham Palace, they will appear on its balcony. As it happens on Trooping the Colour every year, the day will come to a close with a spectacular flypast.
As only senior royals are due to make this appearance, non-working members of the Firm such as Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Prince Andrew won’t be present.
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The Coronation Big Lunch
People across the UK are invited to share food and fun at Coronation Big Lunches, an initiative set to boost community spirit, reduce loneliness and support charities.
These local events are set to be carried out nationwide throughout the whole day and will celebrate friendship as well as the royals.
The Coronation Big Lunch initiative, overseen by the Big Lunch team at the Eden Project, may include anything from sharing a cup of tea with a neighbour to hosting a major street party. A recipe for Coronation quiche has been shared by the monarch for those who wish to replicate the dish featuring broad beans, spinach and tarragon.
The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle
The concert will begin at 8pm on Sunday, and will take place at Windsor Castle. Thousands among the members of the public who took part in a national ballot will be chosen to attend as an audience alongside volunteers from the King and the Queen Consort’s many charity affiliations.
Produced by BBC Studios and broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, the concert will include performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Andrea Bocelli among others.
The A-listers will share the stage with The Coronation Choir, a diverse group created from community choirs and amateur singers.
The event won’t just focus on music, as it will also include a segment called Lighting Up The Nation during which locations across the country will be lit up via projections, lasers, drone displays, and illuminations.
The Big Help Out
Bank Holiday Monday will be focused on celebrating volunteers and volunteering. Organised by the Together Coalition alongside a wide range of partners with links to the Royal Family – such as the Scouts and the Royal Voluntary Service – this initiative will highlight what a positive impact volunteering has on communities across the country.
The aim of the day-long event is to encourage people to try volunteering for themselves, discover what work is being carried out by charities and support those in their local areas.
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