Buckingham Palace unveils details of King Charles III’s coronation weekend

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Buckingham Palace unveiled the details of the weekend ofcoronation Of King Charles IIIwhich will be held in the spring.

Published on the evening of January 21, the announcement of the royal communications offers “further details on the ceremonial, celebratory and community events that will take place over the weekend of the coronation between Saturday 6 and Monday 8 May 2023».

Everyone at Westminster Abbey on May 6th

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The note then reads: “The coronation of His Majesty the King and His Majesty the Queen Consort will take place in theWestminster Abbey Saturday 6 May 2023. The ceremony will be conducted byArchbishop of Canterbury. As previously announced, the ceremony will reflect the monarch’s role today and look to the futurewhile remaining rooted in the traditions and in the long-standing pomp».

Processions and balconies

It will reportedly be asolemn religious serviceas well as an opportunity to celebration And glitz», as the Palace explains: «Their Majesties the king and queen consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palacenote how “king’s procession”. Following the service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession known as “Coronation Procession”. In this procession they will join other members of the royal family. At Buckingham Palace, the King and Queen consort, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, will appear on balcony to conclude the ceremonial events of the day».

The concert in the sign of inclusion

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After coronation day, i festivities will continue throughout the bank holiday weekend. The note explains: “There will be other occasions for us to come together to mark this historic occasion. Sunday 7 May 2023a special concert of the coronation will be organized and broadcast live at windsor castle”. With the participation of «world music icons and contemporary stars»the concert will see “a world-class orchestra play renditions of favorite musical numbers featuring some of the world’s greatest entertainers, alongside artists from the world of dance.” For the occasion, a coronation choir: a «heterogeneous group… coming from the most passionate community choirs and from amateur singers from all over the UK, such as i choirs of refugeesi NHS choirsi LGBTQ+ singing groups hey choirs of the deaf». The Palace adds that a choir documentary, which will tell “the stories of the people who represent the many faces and many voices of the country”. The coronation choir will make an exclusive appearance, joined by a «virtual choir, composed of singers from all over the Commonwealthfor a special performance during the evening».

King Charles III (then Prince Charles) next to the Imperial State Crown during the Opening of Parliament, May 2022

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Long live volunteering

The concert also includes a section titled “Lighting up the nation” (Lighting Up the Nation), which “will see the country unite in celebration, while iconic places in the UK will be illuminated by projections, lasers, drones and illuminations”. The public will include «volunteers of the numerous charities of the king and queen consort” and «several thousand people of the public”, selected through “a national vote called by the BBC”. The concert will be produced by BBC Studios and broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Sunday will also be marked by Coronation Big Lunchwhere neighbors and communities are welcome to share food And fun. The idea, which will take shape throughout the country in an “act of celebration and friendship at the national level”, was born from Big Lunches organized by the Eden Project, with the support of the National Lottery, which bring together «millions of people every year to strengthen the community spirit, reduce loneliness and support charities and good causes. The initiative has a special place in the heart of the queen consort, who “has been patroness of the Big Lunch since 2013”.

Finally, on Monday 8 May, «the public will be invited to participate in The Big Help Outwhich will encourage people to try the Volunteering and to join the work undertaken to support their territories». Conceived as a “homage to the public service of His Majesty the King”, the event will be organized by The Together Coalition and from partners like the Scoutsthe Royal Volunteer Service And religious groups. The goal is to “highlight thepositive impact of the Volunteering on communities across the nation” and to “use volunteerism to unite communities and create a lasting legacy of volunteerism since the coronation weekend”.

The Palace adds: «Their Majesties the king and queen consort hope that the coronation weekend will be an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families and communities across the UK, the Realms and the Commonwealth. Their Majesties look forward to celebrating this occasion with the public throughout 2023.”

The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II greets the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

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Tradition with a pinch of modernity

There date of the coronation had already been revealed last October. Retracing the history of the event, they announce from the Palace: «The ceremony has maintained a similar structure for over one thousand yearsand next year’s coronation should include the themselves fundamental elementswhile recognizing the spirit of our times”. For the past 900 years, the ceremony has taken place in theWestminster Abbey, in London. Since 1066, the service has almost always been led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The coronation of the new ruler traditionally takes place some months after accession to the throneafter a period of National mourning and real and to allow the necessary preparations for the organization of the ceremony. During the ceremony, the ruler comes «anointed, blessed and consecrated» by the Archbishop of Canterbury. During the ceremony, the queen consort is also crowned.

Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey

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And when does the crown come?

In addition to oath foreseen by the statute, the traditional rituals such as the anointing with consecrated oil, the delivery of the scepterof the stick he was born in ruler’s orb and theenthronement in the coronation chair (also known as Edward’s chair) will be replicated in Charles’s coronation ceremony.

After being anointed, blessed And consecrated by the archbishop, the king will be crowned with the St Edward’s Crownconsisting of a solid gold frame surmounted by a cross and set with over 400 precious stones. Camillahowever, will probably be crowned with the platinum and diamond crown made for the coronation of the queen mother next to King George VI in 1937. Then, like his mother before him, the King will be taken to Buckingham Palace to show himself to the public on the balcony along with other senior royals.

While the streets of London will no doubt be crowded with people, such as the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the coronation will also be televised television. Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral had been the first to be televised, with 27 million people tuning in in the UK and another 11 million listening on radio.

TO 73 years oldKing Charles III was the longest-serving heir designate and will become the senior ruler to be crowned in UK history.

Source: Vanity Fair

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