What’s next? Coronation celebrations continue

King Charles and Queen Camilla have been crowned in a historic ceremony, the crowds are heading home from Central London, and Prince Harry is on his way back over the pond in time for his son Archie’s fourth birthday.

But what comes next? 

Coronation festivities are set to continue over the next days and weeks, so if you’re still in the mood for some regal fun, here are the upcoming celebrations, fit for a King. 

Coronation Big Lunch

The Royal Family and Government have been encouraging members of the public to host street parties and get involved in celebrations throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. 

More than 7,000 events were registered on the Coronation Big Lunch website, with an interactive map showing the locations up and down the country where neighbours and communities are coming together to celebrate the coronation. 

The charity Eden Project Communities launched the Big Lunch initiative in 2009 and send out Big Lunch packs to those who register on their website. 

The pack not only includes instructions on how to organise road closures and invite local neighbours, but also features ideas for some conversation starters and jokes: “What did one plate say to the other plate? Lunch is on me.”

The Coronation Concert

Held in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May from 8pm, the Coronation Concert will see artists such as Paloma Faith, Katy Perry and Olly Murs take to the stage. 

The audience will be twenty-thousand-strong, with volunteers from various charities supported by the King and Queen invited to attend. 

A Coronation Choir, mentored by choirmaster Gareth Malone, and made up of 300 singers from diverse backgrounds, will also perform in the Concert, alongside a Virtual Choir joining from across the Commonwealth.

The Concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2, and BBC Sounds. 

The Big Help Out

The public are being encouraged to give back to their local communities on Monday 8 May as part of a nationwide volunteering initiative, The Big Help Out. 

The initiative wants to inspire people to give volunteering a go for the first time, and hopes it will have a longer-term impact, encouraging people to continue volunteering long after the Coronation weekend. 

Charities which are offering opportunities for people to volunteer include the British Red Cross, NSPCC, Rotary Great Britain & Ireland, the National Trust, and hundreds of others. 

A special Big Help Out act has also been launched which will make it easier to find details about activities taking place across the country. 

And… The Pub

The Government announced back in March that pubs in England and Wales will be allowed to stay open until 1am from Friday 5 May to Sunday 7 May, allowing time for people to ‘enjoy an extra pint or two’, according to Home Secretary Suella Braverman.


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