22nd January 2023, 15:25
Published by GBC News
The King’s Coronation celebrations between the 6th-8th May will feature a grand procession, a spectacular concert, and a day of volunteering in a long weekend of ceremonial, celebratory and community events.
Meanwhile, on the Rock, the Government says it’s planning a celebration fit for a King.
The first details of how the Coronation of King Charles III will be marked have been released this weekend.
The religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey will take place on the morning of Saturday the 6th May and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
This will be followed by the Coronation Procession to Buckingham Palace where the newly crowned King and his Queen Consort will take to the balcony with family members.
Echoing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last year, Sunday the 7th will feature a ‘global music icons and contemporary stars’ concert at Windsor Castle. The event will include a Coronation Choir with refugee, NHS and LGBTQ+ singing groups taking part. There will also be a Coronation Big Lunch during the day while in the evening, a ‘lighting up the nation’ spectacle will illuminate key landmarks.
The third day of festivity, the Monday Bank Holiday, is dedicated to ‘The Big Help Out’ to encourage people to support others. This is aimed at highlighting the positive impact volunteering has in the UK, and also marks the King’s lifetime of public service.
As to whether the Chief Minister will be attending as the leader of an Overseas Territory is not yet known. In answer to GBC questions, a spokesperson for Number Six Convent Place said invitations have not been received at this stage, and plans for the weekend in Gibraltar are still being finalised. However, he said these will be designed to be a fitting celebration of our new monarch’s Coronation.