Coronation of Britain’s King Charles to be celebrated with street parties, light shows

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Charles, 74, automatically became king on the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth last September. The big coronation ceremony for him and his wife Camilla will take place on Saturday 6th May.

The coronation, the royal family’s main event for 2023, has so far this year been overshadowed by the memoirs of the monarch’s son, Prince Harry, in which he made accusations against the King and other family members.

Publishing details of the coronation, Buckingham Palace said Britons, who have already been given an extra bank holiday on May 8 to mark the occasion, will be able to watch the ceremonies and a special concert, as well as see iconic buildings lit with projections, lasers. and drone displays.

“Their Majesties The King and Queen Consort hope that 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,” Buckingham said. Palace in a statement.

Charles is also king and head of state of 14 other areas including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The formal ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey in London and will follow the traditional process used to anoint monarchs over the past 1,000 years.

After processions there and back, the King and queen consort then appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace accompanied by members of the royal family.

Buckingham Palace has not said which members, amid speculation about whether Harry will be invited, and if he is, whether he will attend, given his high-profile and stinging criticism of his family.

Windsor Castle will host a coronation concert on Sunday 7 May, featuring an orchestra playing musical favorites with some of the world’s greatest entertainers and a special coronation choir, before buildings across the nation will be lit, Buckingham Palace said.

There will be a public ballot for tickets to allow several thousand members of the public to attend.

Street parties will be held on Sunday, with communities and neighbors encouraged to come together to share food.

On Monday 8 May, people will be encouraged to volunteer with charities, faith and community groups to pay tribute to the King’s public service and try to create a legacy of voluntary work.

“Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public during 2023,” Buckingham Palace said.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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