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King Chares III Coronation

Buckingham Palace has released more information about the events that will take place during the Coronation Weekend from May 6th to May 8th, 2023.


Saturday 6th May -

The Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey,

11am


Sunday 7th May -

The Coronation Concert at

Windsor Castle, 8pm


Monday 8th May

(Bank Holiday) -

The Big Help Out


The Coronation of the King and Queen Consort will occur at Westminster Abbey on May 6th and will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The ceremony will pay homage to longstanding traditions while also looking towards the future.


On May 7th, a special Coronation Concert will be held at Windsor Castle, and

The Coronation Big Lunch will be celebrated across the country. On May 8th, the public is invited to take part in The Big Help Out by volunteering in their communities.

Their Majesties hope that the weekend will be a time for celebration and community building across the UK, the Realms, and the Commonwealth.



The Coronation Service will take place on the morning of Saturday, 6th May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. The Coronation is a religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry.


Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s Procession’.

After the Service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’.

Their Majesties will be joined in this procession by other Members of the Royal Family.

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.


The BBC has announced its team of established broadcasters who will cover the Coronation. Kirsty Young will anchor coverage from a studio at Buckingham Palace, while Huw Edwards will provide commentary as the doors of Westminster Abbey open for the event. Sophie Raworth will be stationed outside the Abbey to interview guests as they arrive. JJ Chalmers will speak with military members present for the parade, Clare Balding will provide commentary for the ceremonial route, and Anita Rani will mingle with well-wishers gathered around the Palace, the Mall, and Abbey.


To enable venues and community settings that do not normally require a TV Licence to broadcast the Coronation ceremonies throughout the weekend, the BBC is offering a one-time waiver of the license fee (which is usually £159 for an annual colour license or £53.50 for a black and white alternative). The BBC has identified community settings that could participate, including churches, town halls, community centers, libraries, residential streets, commercial venues like concert halls, performing arts centers, cinemas, and shops, as well as outdoor venues with screening facilities.



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 contemporary stars together in celebration of the historic occasion.


The Coronation concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2, and BBC Sounds for those who were unable to attend in person. Kirsty Young, a former Desert Island Discs host, will anchor the BBC's television coverage of the concert from Windsor Castle, while Radio 1's Clara Amfo and KISS Breakfast host Jordan Banjo will be backstage with the performers.


Zoe Ball will chat with the stars before they take to the stage on Radio 2, while Dermot O'Leary will mingle with the crowd. Ball expressed her excitement about being part of the coverage, stating, "I'm thrilled to be part of the team and look forward to experiencing the backstage magic with Dermot and bringing it live to Radio 2 listeners."


On Sunday, May 7th, screens at St James's Park will also broadcast the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.



The Big Help Out will be held on Monday, 8th May 2023 and 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 United Kingdom.

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 for themselves and join the work being undertaken to 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.



Please note: The E-Bound offices will be closed Monday 8th May and will reopen Tuesday 9th May at 8am.

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