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The British will be encouraged to volunteer a day in their community to commemorate the King’s coronation. The Great Relief Release will take place on Monday, May 8, and is intended to create a “lasting legacy” of the coronation weekend.
Buckingham Palace said it hoped to persuade as many people as possible to “join in the work undertaken to support their local area” on the extra public holiday day.
Details of the volunteer journey have been revealed as part of plans to celebrate the King’s coronation weekend, which includes street parties, drone shows and a concert featuring “global music icons” at Windsor Castle. It’s part of Buckingham Palace’s collaborative effort to portray Charles as a more modern monarch.
“Iconic places” in the UK will be illuminated using projectors, lasers and drones as part of the Lighting up the Nation event, with a specially formed choir and signature choirs of refugees, NHS workers and LGBTQ+ members performing.
Weekend events, Saturday morning, May 6, King III. The King’s wife, Camilla, will also be crowned Queen Consort at the ceremony, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Before the coronation, the King and Queen Consort will arrive in procession from Buckingham Palace. They will then return to the palace for a coronation, attended by other members of the royal family. The day will end with the royal family appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The following day, Sunday, May 7, the Coronation Day Big Lunch will be held in streets, gardens, parks and public spaces across the country, with parties and community lunches, and people will be invited to dine together in “a nationwide act of celebration and friendship.”
A coronation concert that night will be broadcast live by the BBC from Windsor Castle, which the palace says will bring together “global music icons” and “contemporary stars”. Saray said the details of the artists have not yet been disclosed, but there will also be a “world-class orchestra” playing interpretations of popular musicals, as well as oral and dance performances.
The concert will be attended by a public audience, including volunteers from charities affiliated with the King and Queen Consort. Thousands of double tickets will also be available for the public to apply through an upcoming BBC vote.
The palace said the coronation was a time for solemn religious rites, as well as show off and celebration. This is her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8, 2022. It is a symbolic formality that does not mean that the reign of the king, which begins with Elizabeth’s accession to the throne immediately after her death, has begun.
Elizabeth II was queen at the time of her death for 70 years and 214 days, making her the longest reigning British monarch. His coronation took place on June 2, 1953, in Westminster Abbey.