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King Charles III Coronation Events – What's Happening in Central London?

King Charles III Coronation Events – What's Happening in Central London?
03 May 2023

Ahead of the Coronation Bank Holiday Weekend, take a look at the official events happening in the capital and the latest travel advice.


What Will Happen on the Day of the Coronation? Saturday 6 May


His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in a ceremony called “The King’s Procession”. The King and Queen Consort will travel in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which was created for Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her reign.

The King’s Procession will depart Buckingham Palace through the Centre Gate, and proceed down The Mall, passing through Admiralty Arch and south of King Charles I Island, down Whitehall and along Parliament Street.

The King’s Procession will travel around the east and south sides of Parliament Square to Broad Sanctuary to arrive at the Sanctuary of Westminster Abbey, where the Coronation Service will begin at 11 am.

Afterwards, the procession from Westminster Abbey will travel back to Buckingham Palace. The Coronation Procession will take the same route in reverse and will include Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth. Their Majesties will travel in the Gold State Coach, last seen during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. At Buckingham Palace, their Majesties will receive a Royal Salute from the UK and Commonwealth Armed Forces.

Viewing areas will be in operation at Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park. St James’s Park station will be closed, and Hyde Park Corner station will be exit only.


Sunday 7 May – The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle


A special concert will be held at Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May, featuring Take That, Lionel Ritchie and Katie Perry. It will be broadcast live on BBC One from 20:00 until 22:00.

South West Railway is running additional services between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside on the day, and the rail operator has warned that queuing systems will be in place. In London, a screen broadcasting the concert will be available at St James’s Park.

As well as the concert, many communities will celebrate the “Coronation Big Lunch”, taking to their streets, gardens, parks and community spaces to celebrate the historic weekend.

TfL has confirmed that London Underground services will end at usual Sunday times (before midnight) with no night tube services.

Picture: a photograph of the Royal Standard flag and Union Jack with Buckingham Palace seen in the background. Image Credit: Adobe Stock

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 03 May 2023


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