How to celebrate the King's Coronation in London
Celebrate the coronation of His Majesty the King this May bank holiday. From watching the procession in the heart of London on The Strand to joining in on your local street party, the King’s coronation is just around the corner and it's time to start planning your weekend…find out all there is to know about the Coronation this Spring below!
What is the Coronation?
The Coronation formalises the monarch’s role as the head of the Church of England and marks the transfer of their title and power and looks towards the future. The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May, 2023. But Charles is already the king you ask? Yes, Charles became the king upon the death of the Queen late last year, the crowning ceremony is the official ceremony to mark this moment in history.
Where is the Coronation?
A per tradition, The Coronation Ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
How can I see the Coronation in London?
The Coronation is made up of a 3 day celebration which includes a new bank holiday for 2023 only. Details on the Coronation procession route are slowly being released but here’s what we know so far…
If you are lucky enough to be in the heart of London over the coronation weekend, you’ll be please to know that Their Majesties, The King and The Queen Consort, Camilla, will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace on Saturday 6th May 2023, this is known as ‘The King’s Procession’. After the service, Their Majesties will head back to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’, Their Majesties will then be joined by other members of The Royal Family. If you are lucky enough to get a good spot, The King and The Queen Consort and other family members will appear on the balcony to conclude the day’s ceremonial events.
Will the Coronation be televised?
Yes, the Coronation will be televised. Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation was the first ceremony of its kind to be shown on TV and drew an estimated 27 million viewers in the UK, so this number is looking very likely to be surpassed this spring!
What’s happening on the other days of the Coronation weekend?
Saturday 6th May 2023 -The Coronation service at Westminster Abbey
Sunday 7th May 2023 - The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle
A special Coronation Concert will take place at Windsor Castle. Produced by the BBC, the concert will be a celebration of history, bringing together global music icons and stars. The event can be attended by the public by entering into a national ticket ballot to receive free tickets to the event. More details on the line – up and how to enter the ballot will be released in due course.
The Coronation Big Lunch
Communities across the country are invited to take part in ‘The Coronation Big Lunch’ which entails inviting your friends, families and neighbours to share food and fun together for a nationwide act of celebration and friendship. From street parties to inviting your neighbour for a cup of tea, the Coronation is a great way to get to know your community.
Monday 8th May 2023 - The Big Help Out
The Big Help out is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday and is organised by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners such as the Royal Voluntary Service, The Scouts and faith groups from across the country. The big Help out highlights the positive impact of volunteering on local communities across the nation.
Is it too late to stay in London over the Coronation weekend?
No! With the Coronation being the biggest event of the year, it’s a great time to explore the city and be part of the historic moment. Strand Palace sits in the heart of London just moments away from the action of Buckingham Palace and all the Coronation celebrations, so it’s the perfect place to stay and get involved in the action!
How to celebrate the Coronation at Strand Palace
As well as being in the heart of the Coronation celebrations, Strand Palace is a great location to carry on your royal-related activities. From visiting the Crown Jewels and meeting the King at Madame Tussauds for a selfie or taking a trip south to explore Hampton Court Palace, there is plenty to do and see during your time in London
With Strand Palace being set in the heart of London and just a stones throw away from so many top attractions, it’s a no brainer to stay with us this year!