King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla’s royal coronation schedule
A breakdown of the events for the king’s coronation weekend.
King Charles’ coronation is set for May 6, and the schedule has finally been set in stone.
The coronation will begin when King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, who will then be crowned Queen Camilla, first appear outside Buckingham Palace in London, and the celebrations will continue throughout the weekend until May 8.
Coronation events: May 6
The Crowning Ceremony
The royal couple will be crowned in an official ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The king and queen consort will travel to the abbey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. The route is scheduled to go from Buckingham Palace through the Centre Gate, down The Mall, drive past the historical Admiralty Arch and south of King Charles I Island, then turn down Whitehall to Parliament Street, where they will arrive at their destination.
The crowning ceremony will be done by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It begins at 11am London time and will last about an hour — a stark contrast to Queen Elizabeth II’s three-hour crowning ceremony, and will be broadcast on live television and streaming platforms.
Close to 2000 guests are expected to attend the ceremony.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest child, Prince George, will serve his grandfather the king as Page of Honor for the ceremony and throughout the coronation events.
The Coronation Procession
After the monarch has crowned King Charles with the St. Edward Crown, then later swaps it for the Imperial State Crown at the end of the coronation, the royal crowd will proceed back to the palace.
Once the crowning ceremony ends, the royal family will follow the king and queen, who will be riding in the Gold State Coach, through the Abbey grounds and back to Buckingham Palace. The tradition was first established in 1831 by King William.
Coronation events: May 7
The Coronation Big Lunch
The Coronation Big Lunch, as per a statement from the palace, will commence across the UK, as families and neighbors gather together to celebrate what was once called the Eden Project, an event with the intent to “boost community spirit, reduce loneliness and support charities and good causes.”
“From a cup of tea with a neighbor to a street party, a Coronation Big Lunch brings the celebrations to your neighborhood and is a great way to get to know your community a little better,” Buckingham Palace stated in a previous press release about the event.
The Coronation Concert
There will then be a coronation concert at Windsor Castle to celebrate the crowning of the new king and queen, kicking off at 7 pm local time.
Performers such as Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, who will spend the night with her family in Buckingham Palace, are set to perform, as well as several other internationally renowned music acts.
The concert is open to members of the public and VIP guests with special invites, with a total of 20,000 guests expected.
Monday, May 8
The Big Help Out
The Big Help Out event is a nationwide initiative in tribute to the king’s many years of public service. It is organized by the Together Coalition, the Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service, and several faith groups across the UK.
The initiative is to raise awareness of local needs and encourage people to volunteer and get involved with their local communities, as the king wishes to “highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation.”