The British Foreign Office has announced that the coronation of King Charles III and his Queen will take place on Saturday morning, May 6, at Westminster Abbey in the capital, London. Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the capital to witness this unique historic event, and millions more will watch it on television in the UK and around the world.
A special concert will be held at Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May, showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of music, dance and theater in England. One of the most prominent events is “Lighting the Nation,” when sites with symbolic meanings are illuminated by displays using spotlights, laser lights, or drones.
Communities also organize group lunches, ‘big lunches’ and street parties in the UK and Commonwealth countries. Big lunches are held every year across the UK and last year raised £22m for local charities.
As the celebrations come to a close on Sunday, the coronation ceremony, organized and broadcast by the BBC, follows an evening of singing and dancing in concert at Windsor Castle and attended by several thousand citizens chosen by the general public.
Coronation Days will conclude with a “Big Help” event on Monday 8 May – a special holiday declared by the Prime Minister during Her Majesty’s Coronation.
Organized by Britain’s best-known charities and the Together Alliance, the event highlights the positive impact volunteering can have on communities across the UK.
In recognition of King and his years of public service, the event encourages citizens to come out and support causes that matter to them.
Big Help Day will see hundreds of events organized by community groups, organizations and charities including Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service, the National Trust and the Royal National Rescue Boat Foundation. More details on how to participate in these events will be announced.
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