After the death of Queen Elizabeth, a twelve-day national mourning period began to remember her incredible life and service. However, one of the biggest questions we all had in Britain was, ‘When will the King's coronation be?’. While Charles officially ascended the throne on Thursday, 8th September 2022, the coronation is a historical and symbolic formality. A weekend of celebrations will take place throughout the UK, with the main celebrations taking place on Saturday, 6th May. To mark the occasion, we have the King's coronation bank holiday on Monday 8th May, which asks, ‘What is the best way to celebrate the King's coronation? Naturally, we Brits are thinking of how to maximise a jolly good three-day weekend and raise a glass to His Majesty, whether you are planning to get the bunting ready and attend a street party or you’re just looking for a suitable place to celebrate it, here are our top tips for the Bank holiday weekend.
What are the official celebrations for King Charles III’s coronation?
The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th, May at Westminster Abbey with heads of state, celebrities, and various other well-known figures in attendance. The King and Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a procession from Buckingham Palace, and millions of people are expected to line the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new Monarch. Details on the King's Procession can be found here. On Sunday 7th, May, the Kings coronation concert will take place on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio Two and BBC Sounds. A National Day of Volunteering, ‘The Big Help Out’ on Monday 8th May, will take place in honour of King Charles III’s life of service, which Scouts and the Royal Voluntary Service have organised.
How you can celebrate the King's coronation at home
Whether you are attending a street party or entertaining at home, the celebrations need to be fit for a King! We love any opportunity to decorate or make themed ‘table-scapes’. Ginger Ray’s coronation collection (and its sustainability efforts) are impressive for any decorations.
Thoughtful gifting for the Kings Coronation
Whether it is to look back in years to come on the coronation or you need the perfect gift, we have some great ideas from fellow small British businesses! For those who love something sweet, we absolutely love all things gifting, and we just love the coronation collection from Biscuiteers; from macarons to hampers, this is the perfect place for sweet treats with a coronation theme!
For those who like to indulge in self-care, a luxury collection of home and body fragrances that make for a regal mood, the limited edition coronation collection from Urban Apothecary London is inspired by exquisite flowers which infuse the ceremonial holy oil that will be used to anoint King Charles III during his coronation!
For those looking for coronation keepsakes, we just adore all things Eleanor Bowmer! From commemorative plates to tea towels to mugs, and aprons, these are perfect for any collectors or fans of anything royal! Eleanor’s beautiful, illustrated designs pay homage to the monarchy with intricate details, eye-catching prints and rich colours.
For wine lovers (the perfect opportunity to unashamedly mention ourselves here!); what better way to celebrate than with English wine? We have engraved a limited number of our Kings Cuvée and Kings Rosé in celebration; what better way to toast a weekend of celebrations than with wine fit for a King? Our prestige cuvées, which were released this year, are drinking well now but will keep for up to eight years!
Should you want more of a keepsake, you can also retain the bottle, the go-to is a candle holder, but have you ever seen melted bottles that you can reuse as serving platters, wall hangings or clocks? We also have a limited-edition oak wine box, which will be engraved with the official coronation emblem and can be personalised with an engraving of your choice.
Should you wish to go to a venue for the coronation, here are a few suggestions for where to enjoy a glass of Hattingley Valley to celebrate the coronation.
- The Chesil Rectory, Winchester
- Inn the Park, Winchester
- The Three Horse Shoes, Bighton
- The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover
- The Yew Tree Inn, Lower Weild
We hope you enjoy celebrating King Charles III's coronation, long live the King!