Buckingham Palace shares details of King Charles III’s 3-day coronation

LONDON — Buckingham Palace on Saturday announced evening plans for King Charles III’s three-day coronation.

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The coronation is broken up into three consecutive days beginning May 6, according to Buckingham Palace.

Coronations allow for the public around the world and in the United Kingdom to be a part of the royal festivities, according to The New York Times.

The last time there was a coronation was when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953, according to CNN.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was also the first coronation that was televised and drew in about 250 million people across the globe, according to the Times.

“Communities across the UK will be encouraged to come together to celebrate the Coronation with events including Big Lunches, volunteering days and a concert in the grounds of Windsor Castle which will be open to a public ballot,” according to a tweet from the Royal Family.

The coronation will include a shorter service at Westminster Abbey on May 6, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, according to the Times. It is expected to have a reduced guest list and will “dispense with some of the more antiquated rituals of a ceremony that dates back nearly 1,000 years.”

On May 7, there will be a special Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle with thousands of tickets available via the public ballot, according to Buckingham Palace. There will also be a Coronation Big Lunch that the communities are invited to for food and fun across the United Kingdom.

On May 8, the public is invited to help take part in “The Big Help Out” which is a way to encourage people to volunteer and support their local communities, according to Buckingham Palace.

“Their Majesties The King and The 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. Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023,” said Buckingham Palace.

The palace reportedly indicated earlier that King Charles wanted to have a scaled-back ceremony compared to his mother’s ceremony due to the cost-of-living crisis in the United Kingdom, according to the Times.

According to CNN, Buckingham Palace has not yet specified which members of the family will be in the procession and on the balcony.

There is also no word on who will be performing at the Coronation Concert, according to the Times.

More information about the coronation can be found on Buckingham Palace’s website.