Thousands of local street parties were planned for Sunday on the second day of the event to mark King Charles III’s coronation, ending with a concert in front of 20,000 people at Windsor Castle.
After days of consecutive diplomatic receptions, garden parties and rehearsals for Saturday’s event at Westminster Abbey, Prince Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, will host a private reception.
They will then take part in an evening concert at the castle in west London.
Charles’ coronation as monarch of Great Britain and 14 Commonwealth countries of the world was the first in Britain in 70 years.
The glittering ceremony, steeped in 1,000 years of tradition and ritual, was attended by global royalty and world leaders.
But Sunday’s events are a shift in focus.
While coronation has its roots in England in 1066, “Big Lunch” parties aspire to bring modern English communities closer together.
Monday has been declared a public holiday — meaning people can relax on Sunday without worrying about a hangover.
Buckingham Palace said Charles and Camilla hope the long weekend “will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, family and the community”.
After the hardships of the Second World War, street parties were a staple of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 – and a memorable part of the celebration of her long reign in 1977. and last year.
The hearty lunch is an attempt to maintain that neighborhood spirit.
– Community spirit –
Buckingham Palace said: “From a cup of tea with the neighbors to a street party, the Crowning Big Lunch brings celebration to your neighborhood and is a great way to get to know your community better. you a little bit”.
There will likely be many successful and failed attempts at creating Coronation Quiche – a specially created savory baked cake featuring spinach, broad beans, and tarragon.
The king’s sister, Princess Anne, is expected to attend a community street party in Windsor, west London, while his nieces Princess Beatrice and Eugenie – the Prince’s daughters Andrew – will attend a sumptuous lunch in the same royal town.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will host a lunch at his office and residence at 10 Downing Street, inviting community volunteers and Ukrainian refugees.
– Star and light –
Take That, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry are among the stars performing in the show that recalls the late queen’s previous royal celebrations.
Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel – who sang at the coronation – will also perform alongside Chinese pianist Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Paloma Faith and Nicole Scherzinger.
Hollywood star Tom Cruise, actress Joan Collins, adventurer Bear Grylls and singer Tom Jones will appear via video message.
The Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Arts will perform together once.
Buckingham Palace says the focus will be on “Lighting Up the Country”, in which famous landmarks across Britain will be lit up using projectors, lasers, drone screens and systems. lighting system.
– Reaction –
As expected, the coronation dominated the British media on Sunday, focusing on the magnificence of the ceremony but also on the pressing country issues facing Charles.
The cost of the coronation – believed to be as high as 100 million yen ($126 million) – has caused anxiety at a time when many Britons are struggling with rising living costs and strikes. Spread.
Many people reported the arrests of anti-monarchy people even before they had a chance to protest, which has raised concerns from human rights groups.
The Guardian hailed the event as “ridiculous yet magnificent” and an “extraordinary representation of accuracy in a country where nothing works”.
The Times noted that the “serious, almost worried look” on Charles’s face at Westminster Abbey “probably reflects the scale of his assignment”.
“He ruled a country in disarray and the monarchy dwindled by scandal, with his younger brother and son both excluded from the circle” while foreign kingdoms were leaving. Going with the trend is likely to continue.
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