London, January 21. Buckingham Palace reported today that official processions in London and a concert on the grounds of Windsor Castle (England) will be part of the celebrations for the coronation of Charles III of the United Kingdom during the first weekend of May.
The official residence of the 74-year-old British monarch made it clear that the events will begin on Saturday, May 6, with the “King’s Procession”, in which Carlos III and his wife, Queen Camilla, will arrive at Westminster Abbey, in the center of the British capital.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will perform a solemn religious service there as the monarch will receive the crown and symbols of his reign, having acceded to the throne last September when his mother, Elizabeth II, died at the age of 96.
Along with other members of the royal family, Carlos III and Camilla will return to Buckingham Palace in a “coronation procession” and greet the citizens from the balcony of their London residence.
On Sunday, “world music icons and contemporary stars” will take part in a concert at Windsor, one of the other royal residences, which will be shown live by the BBC Public Channel.
Among other artists, the Coronation Choir will take part in the ceremony, made up of a selection of singers from various British groups, including bands involving refugees, health system staff and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
In parallel with this ceremony, many prominent places in the UK will be illuminated with lasers and projections.
On the same day, towns and cities are expected to stage thousands of events to celebrate the coronation in streets, gardens, and parks across the country.
Buckingham Palace declared Monday 8 May a national holiday to mark the occasion, as a day to appreciate volunteer work.
The Royal House said organizations such as Scouts and the Royal Voluntary Service, as well as religious entities, would “encourage people to volunteer and join their work to help their local communities”.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport expects tens of thousands of people to visit the British capital over the weekend.
Culture Secretary Michelle Donnellan said in a statement that the coronation was “a milestone in the history of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries”, describing the planned celebrations as “a blend of tradition and modernity”. EFE
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