Details of King Charles' Coronation announced

  • 22/01/2023
Details of King Charles' Coronation have been released by Buckingham Palace.
Details of King Charles' Coronation have been released by Buckingham Palace. Photo credit: Reuters

The Coronation of King Charles will be celebrated by a number of events across the UK, Buckingham Palace has announced. 

The ceremony, on May 6, will be part of a Coronation Weekend in the UK that will include concert on Sunday, May 7. 

The Coronation will occur at Westminster Abbey on Saturday morning and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Both the King and the Queen consort will be crowned at the historic occasion. 

The statement from Buckingham Palace said: "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."

A coronation concert will be held at Windsor Castle on Sunday that will "bring global music icons and contemporary stars together."

"Attended by a public audience including volunteers from The King and The Queen Consort’s many charity affiliations, the concert will see a world-class orchestra play interpretations of musical favourites fronted by some of the world’s biggest entertainers, alongside performers from the world of dance.

"The performances will be supported by staging and effects located on the Castle’s East Lawn and will also feature a selection of spoken word sequences delivered by stars of stage and screen," the statement said. 

There will also be Coronation big lunch on Sunday where communities across the UK can share food with each other.  

"Thousands of events are expected to take place in every corner of the United Kingdom this May as people take to their streets, gardens, parks and community spaces to join the Coronation celebrations and mark this historic occasion."

On Monday a Big help Out will take place across the UK, with people being encouraged to volunteer to help out local communities. 

Charles became King after his mother Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96 on September 8 2022 after reigning for 70 years. 

New Zealand won't have a public holiday to celebrate the Coronation though. 

"We won't be making the coronation a public holiday in New Zealand. May 6 falls on a Sunday our time, which means there's an opportunity for many people to watch the coronation and mark this special occasion in other ways too if they wish to," A government spokesperson told Newshub last year.