It is the first coronation of a British monarch in 70 years. Charles’ mother Queen Elizabeth II was also crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. She died on September 8, 2022. Since then, her eldest son has been king.
“Cause for celebration and pageantry”
It will be a service that will reflect the monarch’s role today and look to the future, but also be rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry, the palace said. It was an “occasion for celebration and pomp”.
Charles and Camilla will be in a procession from Buckingham Palace to the church and then back to City Palace, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family. There, the royal family will show themselves to onlookers on the balcony at the end of the celebrations.
It remains unclear which family members will be there. It is questionable whether Charles’ younger son Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan are invited to the coronation. Harry had made serious allegations against the palace and his family in his recently published biography “Reserve”. Harry and Meghan traveled to London for the 70th anniversary of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s throne in June 2022. At that time, however, only the closest family members were present on the balcony, taking on representative tasks. The couple had given up their royal duties.
Dozens of heads of state from around the world and tens of thousands of visitors are expected in London for the coronation weekend. The British Minister for Culture Michelle Donelan spoke of a “huge milestone in the history of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth”. A “mixture of tradition and modernity, culture and community that makes our country great” is celebrated.
Three days of celebration
The celebrations continue beyond the ceremony itself. A major concert with “global music icons and contemporary stars” is planned at Windsor Castle on Sunday in honor of the royal couple, the palace further announced. The announced light effects bring back memories of the Queen’s anniversary concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Thousands of tickets are to be raffled across the country. A “coronation choir” is to be formed especially for the event, which will include members of numerous special choirs – such as refugees, members of the LGBTQ+ community or the hearing impaired.