King Charles III has made it clear that he wants a simplified coronation in London. But that doesn’t mean that Britain, which is struggling financially, won’t throw an extravagant party when it crowns its first king in seven decades in May. Late on Saturday, Buckingham Palace said that the details of a three-day party that will rival Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June will be announced. Some highlights include: a nationwide series of street parties, a star-studded concert at Windsor Castle, and a nationwide volunteering campaign known as “The Big Help Out.”
The palace had previously said that King Charles III wanted a smaller ceremony than his mother’s because of the country’s high cost of living, so the sheer size of the celebrations might come as a surprise.
However, according to people familiar with the planning, the British government now sees the coronation weekend as an opportunity to cheer up after a long winter, and it has encouraged the royal family to go all out.
It will decrease the list if people to attend and shed a portion of the more obsolete customs of a function that goes back almost 1,000 years.
The first televised event, Elizabeth’s coronation in June 1953, attracted an estimated 250 million viewers worldwide.
Many of that show’s elements, like the king and his family’s appearance on the balcony and the grand procession from the abbey to the palace with a golden carriage, will remain. Additionally, the palace is planning two additional days of celebrations in honor of the new king because Britons will have a day off on Monday, May 8.
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In a statement released on Saturday evening, the palace stated, “Their Majesties the king and queen consort hope the coronation weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families, and communities across the United Kingdom, the realms, and the Commonwealth.”
On Sunday, May 7, rock and pop stars will perform a televised concert at Windsor Castle with a coronation choir.
The choir will include members of singing groups made up of deaf people, refugees, and L.G.B.T.Q. people, in keeping with what the palace said was Charles’s wish for a coronation that reflected the times.
The Platinum Jubilee also inspired the series of street parties known as “The Coronation Big Lunch,” for which the palace planned thousands of gatherings in British parks, gardens, and streets. This will be a showcase for Camilla, the queen consort, who has supported a charity that sponsors single-person public lunches.
The palace hopes that some Britons will volunteer on that Monday, when many will take advantage of a one-time May 8 holiday.
According to the palace, King Charles III, as Prince of Wales, emphasized volunteer service through his charities and views that as a significant legacy of his coronation.
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Archie, the couple’s fourth child, will turn four on May 6, which may have an impact on Meghan’s and his father’s travel plans. Harry didn’t say if he would go from his home in Southern California to promote his book in an interview with ITV.
He stated, “There is a lot that can happen between now and then.”
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