King Charles III's coronation: Katy Perry struggles to find seat, later trips at coronation

Katy Perry has prompted widespread hilarity on social media after footage of the popstar struggling to find her seat at King Charles III's coronation went viral. 

The 38-year-old, who is due to perform at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle alongside Lionel Richie, was spotted looking a little lost inside London's Westminster Abbey before the coronation began. 

At one point, the 'Hot n Cold' hitmaker was overheard asking fellow guests, "Is that seat free?"

Joining in on the joke, Perry was quick to tweet following the ceremony: "Don't worry guys, I found my seat."

As well as her seating struggle, Perry was also caught losing her footing while departing the ceremony, with a photographer snapping the moment she regained her balance after a slight stumble in her white stiletto heels. 

But the blunders have proved endearing to her loyal fanbase, with many taking to Twitter to lightly poke fun at Perry while others hailed her as the highlight of the ceremony. 

"You are the biggest event of this coronation," one fan page said alongside the photo of Perry's misstep. 

"She's been a mess all coronation," a second tweeted, with a third joking: "Help, she's a whole iconic mess."

Others believed Perry's oversized, netted fascinator by Vivienne Westwood was responsible for her seating gaffe, noting that the headwear likely obstructed her view. 

"She can't see over her bloody hat," one tweeted, while another wrote: "The way she's trying to look for her seat with that hat, it's adorable and funny at the same time."

Another joked, "Me as a kid going aisle to aisle after getting lost in the grocery store," while one user quipped: "Me immediately after someone gives me directions."

Katy Perry tripping as she departs Westminster Abbey after the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England.
The iconic trip. Photo credit: Getty Images

Perry and then-Prince Charles connected after meeting in Mumbai, India in 2019. The following year, the royal appointed her an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, a non-profit organisation he co-founded to tackle poverty and hardship in South Asia.

Perry will perform for King Charles, Queen Camilla and other members of the Royal Family at the Coronation Concert, alongside Lionel Richie. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform a duet with opera singer Sir Bryn Terfel, while pianist Alexis Ffrench and singer-songwriter Freya Ridings will also take the stage. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen of Take That are also in the line-up. 

The concert will be held in the grounds of Windsor Castle on the evening of Sunday, May 7 (local time) and will be broadcast in New Zealand on Monday, May 8.