The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland is encouraging as many Private Lodges, District and County Lodges to play a part in the upcoming Coronation celebrations.
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6th May, 2023.
Buckingham Palace recently announced further details on the ceremonial, celebratory and community events that will take place over the Coronation Weekend between Saturday 6th and Monday, 8th May 2023. These include a special Coronation Concert which will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle.
The Coronation Service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Service will reflect the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.
Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s Procession’. After the Service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’. Their Majesties will be joined in this procession by other Members of the Royal Family.
At Buckingham Palace, The King and The Queen Consort, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will appear on the balcony to conclude the day’s ceremonial events.
Across the Coronation Weekend, there will be further opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the historic occasion.
On Sunday, 7th May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle by the BBC and BBC Studios, with several thousand pairs of tickets to be made available via public ballot.
Alongside the stars of the concert, the show will also see an exclusive appearance from The Coronation Choir. This diverse group will be created from the nation’s keenest community choirs and amateur singers from across the United Kingdom.
The centrepiece of the Coronation Concert, ‘Lighting up the Nation’, will see the country join together in celebration as iconic locations across the United Kingdom are lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
The Coronation Big Lunch, at which neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together, will take place across the country on the same date. From a cup of tea with a neighbour to a street party, a Coronation Big Lunch brings the celebrations to your neighbourhood and is a great way to get to know your community a little better.
On Monday, 8th May 2023, members of the public will be invited to take part in The Big Help Out, which will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.
Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort hope the Coronation Weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families and communities across the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023. Full details of the events can be found at www. royal.uk/coronation-weekend-plans-announced
Source: The Orange Standard February 2023