The Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla marks the first in the 21st century, and the only one most of us have had the chance to view in our lifetimes!
Upon the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September of 2022, her eldest son, Charles III, and his wife, Camilla, ascended to the British throne. And even though Charles and Camilla have already begun their reign as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms, there’s still one more thing that needs to happen for their transition to the throne to be complete: their coronation.
Details of the Upcoming Coronation
On Saturday, May 6th, 2023, King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey in London. The coronation of the United Kingdom’s monarch is a grand, lavish ceremony that celebrates their new rule.
At the ceremony, the monarch is given their crown and other objects of regalia, like emblems and symbols. Receiving a crown and other objects of regalia is what happens during the investiture stage of the service. You can learn about the service’s other stages here. King Charles will be crowned with the St. Edward’s Crown, which has been traditionally used in past coronations, and Queen Camilla will be crowned with Queen Mary’s 1911 coronation crown.
King Charles III’s official coronation logo design is inspired by King Charles’ love of the planet, nature and deep concern for the natural world.
The Coronation Concert
On the day after the coronation, Sunday, May 7th, 2023, the BBC will stage and broadcast a special, live Coronation Concert from Windsor Castle. At the concert, global music stars will perform, and there will be spoken-word performances as well.
Like the coronation ceremony, the concert will also be televised. As its date draws closer, be sure to check your local providers to see where and when you can watch it.
Ideas for your own Coronation Celebration
Coronation breakfast party
Wherever you watch the coronation, there’s a good chance it’s going to be early in the day, very early. Why not host a viewing party and treat everyone to a proper English breakfast with these delicious foods?
Sausage wrapped in a buttery puff pastry. Get the recipe
Classic Iced Buns
A bread bun with an icing sugar glaze covering on top. Get the recipe
Pea Scotch Eggs
Boiled eggs wrapped in peas, coated in breadcrumbs. Get the recipe
Coronation concert party
The Coronation Concert will be an epic event to experience with friends and family. Since the show will take place later in the day, there’s nothing that will go better with a viewing party than some scrumptious English lunch options (or a Coronation Big Lunch as they call it in the UK)!
A dish created for Elizabeth II’s coronation banquet. Pieces of chicken coated in creamy curried mayonnaise, mixed with chopped coriander, apricots, sultanas, mango chutney, and flaked almonds. Get the recipe
Cucumber Finger Sandwiches
Finger sandwiches with cucumber, cream cheese, and fresh herbs. Get the recipe
Seared Salmon with Whisky Mayonnaise Oat Crackers
Scottish inspired and fun to make! Walker’s Mini Oat Crackers topped with a savory salmon and flavorful mayo combination. Get the recipe
You can find other great coronation-celebration meal ideas here!
Commemorate coronation with Walker’s Collectibles
Along with attending or hosting a party, holding on to a commemorative item is another way to celebrate the coronation. And to celebrate His Majesty’s coronation, Walker’s has released two limited-edition collector’s tins that commemorate the momentous royal event!
Collector’s tin featuring 24 delicious Union Jack shortbreads, a portrait photo of King Charles III in his Naval uniform, and a design adorned with the national flowers of the United Kingdom’s countries.
Collector’s tin featuring 14 assorted shortbread shapes and a portrait photo of King Charles III at the Highland Games in Scotland.