Spend a day volunteering to celebrate the coronation, the palace invites | King Charles III


Britons are being encouraged to spend a day volunteering in their communities to mark the King’s coronation. The Big Help takes place on Monday 8 May and aims to create a ‘lasting legacy’ of the coronation weekend.

Buckingham Palace said it hoped to convince as many people as possible to “join the work being done to support local areas” on the extra public holiday.

Details of the volunteer campaign have been released as part of plans for the King’s coronation weekend celebrations, which include street parties, drone demonstrations and a concert at Windsor Castle featuring “world music icons”. It is part of a concerted effort by Buckingham Palace to portray Charles as a modern monarch.

‘Wonderful Places’ across the UK will be lit up by projections, lasers and drones as part of the ‘Light Up the Nation’ event, and will feature a specially trained choir featuring refugees, NHS staff, LGBTQ+ members and signature choirs.

The weekend’s events begin on Saturday morning, May 6, with the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey. The King’s wife, Camilla, will also be Queen Consort at the service, which will be presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The King and Queen Consort arrive in procession from Buckingham Palace before the coronation. They then return to the palace with the rest of the royal family in a coronation procession. The day ends with the royal family stepping onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The following day, Sunday 7 May, the Coronation Big Lunch will see parties and community lunches held in streets, gardens, parks and public spaces across the country, with people invited to eat together in an act of “national celebration and friendship”.

The corona concert that evening will be broadcast live by the BBC from Windsor Castle, which the palace says will feature “global music icons” and “modern stars”. Details of the performers have yet to be announced, but there will also be a “world-class orchestra” performing musical favourites, as well as spoken word and dance performances.

The concert is attended by a large audience, including volunteers from charities associated with the King and Queen Consort. Thousands of ticket pairs will also be available for members of the public to apply for via an upcoming BBC newsletter.

The palace said the coronation is a solemn religious service, as well as a time for ceremonies and celebrations. It is a symbolic formality that does not mark the start of the royal reign, which begins on September 8, 2022, when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, ascends the throne immediately after her death.

At the time of her death, Elizabeth II had been queen for 70 years and 214 days, making her the longest-reigning British monarch. His coronation took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey.

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