By KLTV Newsdesk –
King Charles III and his Queen Consort Camilla are set to be crowned on Saturday, 6 May, in a grand coronation at Westminster Abbey.
The coronation will be a solemn religious service and an occasion for celebration and pageantry.
The King’s Procession will begin at Buckingham Palace and make its way to the Abbey for the ceremony.
Afterwards, the King and Queen Consort will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, where they will appear on the balcony for the traditional flypast.
On Sunday, 7 May, a special coronation concert will take place at Windsor Castle, attended by members of the public and featuring global music icons and contemporary stars.
The concert’s centrepiece will be ‘Lighting up the Nation,’ where iconic locations across the UK will be lit up using lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
Millions throughout the UK will celebrate the historic occasion by attending and organising thousands of Big Lunches from May 6 to 8. These events will bring communities together to share food and fun.
On Monday, 8 May, there will be an extra bank holiday, allowing everyone to spend time with their families, friends and loved ones.
The Big Help Out, organised by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners, including The Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service, and faith groups, will encourage people to try volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting legacy from the Coronation Weekend.
In Kirklees, a range of events will be taking place, including a Gem trail and Coronation photobooth taking place at the Tolson Museum from the 6 May to the 8 May from 11 am to 5 pm.
Participants will be able to search the museum for precious gems and feel like royalty in their Regal photobooth.
Additionally, as part of Kirklees Year of Music, Bands in the Park is back for 2023.
Weekend concerts will take place in a variety of locations across the district, beginning on the Coronation weekend and taking place over the summer months. From brass and silver bands, to jazz, swing and blues, residents can enjoy some free music in Kirklees’ parks this summer.
Despite the excitement surrounding the event, it has also faced criticism from some who see it as a waste of taxpayers’ money.
The cost of the weekend remains unknown, with some predicting it could cost the nation between £50 – £100 million.
Additionally, controversy surrounds Camilla’s crown, which was set with the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a historic treasure seized by the British in 1849 from Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab, India.
Critics have warned that choosing to wear the crown could cause a diplomatic incident, and Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the controversial diamond will not be used in the coronation. Instead, Camilla will be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown.
Overall, the Coronation of King Charles III and his Queen Consort Camilla promises to be a momentous ceremonial event that will be beamed all over the world.
From the Royal procession to the Big Lunches and the Coronation concert, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and celebrate.