- Rachel Russell
- BBC News
Thousands of parties and luncheons are taking place in the streets of British cities on Sunday, ahead of the star-studded concert that takes place on the second day of celebrations for the coronation of King Charles III.
Members of the royal family will attend community events marking the coronation during the day before watching Katy Perry and pop group Take That perform at Windsor Castle later.
Sunday’s relaxed activities come after the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla on Saturday.
But there was anger at the police following the arrest of 52 people protesting the coronation.
Members of the British House of Commons and police activists have been accused of stifling freedom of expression after members of the “Republic” group, which wants to replace the monarchy with an elected head of state, were arrested on Saturday morning ahead of the planned protests in Trafalgar Square.
Scotland Yard said its response was proportionate given the “once-in-a-generation” event it was securing.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will attend a lavish coronation lunch at Cranley, Surrey, while Princess Royal Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, will join a community street party in Swindon.
The Duke of York’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, will attend a big lunch in Windsor.
Later, at 8pm Summer Time, the coronation concert will take place at Windsor Castle and will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.
In addition to performances from big names including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Take That, Olly Murs and Paloma Faith, a world-class orchestra will play a variety of favorites.
There is a joint performance by the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal College of Music and Royal College of Art.
More than 2,000 people, including 90 foreign heads of state, came to Westminster Abbey Church in central London on Saturday to watch the coronation of the king and queen.
In addition to dignitaries from abroad, including French President Emmanuel Macron and US First Lady Jill Biden, the gathering also included celebrities, everyday heroes (known for doing outstanding work in their local communities), and the family and friends of Charles and Camilla.
The two-hour ceremony witnessed the king’s oath that he had come “not to be served, but to be served,” before receiving the royal ball (which represents an orb of gold adorned with pearls and precious stones) and the sceptre, which are symbols of his royal authority.
Following his and his wife Queen Camilla’s coronation by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the King and Queen returned to Buckingham Palace to take their place on the balcony with other members of the Royal Family to watch a brief aerial display by British military helicopters and jets from the Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic team. royalist.
The couple delighted and delighted the crowds waiting in the rain when they appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the second time.
The armed forces organized the largest ceremonial military operation since the coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, as 4,000 of its members, women and men from all over the world, participated in the procession that started from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey Church.
The king’s youngest son, the Duke of Sussex, was not among the royals who appeared on the palace balcony, as the BBC has learned he was not invited.
Prince Harry, who traveled alone to London from his home in California – where his wife Meghan stayed with their two children – was seated two rows of seats from his brother Prince William, Prince of Wales, in Westminster Abbey.
It is the first time he has been seen publicly with his family since the publication of his controversial memoirs, in which he revealed tensions and disagreements with other members of his family.
He left the church shortly after mass to catch the flight back to the US, where his son Archie was celebrating his fourth birthday.
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