Your Guide to the Coronation Weekend

To mark the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, celebrations will be taking place across the nation over this special bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May.

There are lots of ways you can get involved in this historic occasion. Here’s your guide to the events happening over the weekend and what you need to know.

Saturday 6 May

The King’s Procession

The King’s Procession will take place from 10:20am and will transport Their Majesties from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, with a grand display of military bands and Armed Forces. Public viewing areas, including designated accessible spaces, will line the streets of The Mall and Whitehall, giving thousands of spectators the opportunity to watch the events in person.

If you’re planning to watch the procession in person, read our guidance to prepare for your visit and check out our top tips for staying safe over the Coronation weekend.

Guidance for watching the Coronation and processions

Map of procession
Westminster Abbey, side

The Coronation Service

The Coronation Service will take place at Westminster Abbey in London from 11am. The Service and processions will be broadcast across national television, radio and online as well as big screens in the Royal London Parks and hometowns across the country. You can use our interactive event map to find official screening sites in your local area.

We have released a short film for primary-aged children, ‘Inside the Coronation’, explaining the history and significance of the Coronation, the role of The King and the significance of the Monarchy around the world.


Find official screening sites in your area

The Coronation Procession

The Coronation Procession will follow the Service, which will return Their Majesties to Buckingham Palace along the same route. After receiving a salute from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Armed Forces in the Buckingham Palace Gardens, Their Majesties will then appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Learn more about the route the processions will take with historian Dan Snow.

Find out more about the BBC’s coverage of the Coronation

Golden coach with cavalry

Sunday 7 May

People enjoying a street party

The Coronation Big Lunch

Coronation Big Lunches will be taking place across the country, bringing neighbours and communities together to share friendship, food and fun. Whether you’re getting together for a big celebration or catching up with a friend over a cuppa, there’s still time to get involved. Download your Big Lunch Pack to get started.

Community events, street parties, local performances and lots of other celebrations will also be happening across the UK, Commonwealth and beyond. To find a Coronation celebration near you, use our interactive map to find events happening in your local area.

Find a Coronation celebration near you

The Coronation Concert

The Coronation Concert will see a world-class orchestra play with some of the world’s biggest entertainers, including Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Take That.

Alongside the stars of the concert, the show will also see an exclusive appearance from The Coronation Choir, made up of community choirs and amateur singers from across the UK.

The centrepiece of the Coronation Concert, ‘Lighting up the Nation’, will see the country join together in celebration as iconic locations are lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.

The Coronation Concert is for ticket holders only, but will be broadcast live from Windsor Castle at 8pm on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, and supported across the BBC network.

You can also watch the concert from big screening sites across the UK or in the Royal London Parks. Use our map to find a screening site near you and follow our guidance if you’re planning to watch at screen sites in London.

Guidance on how to watch the Coronation Concert

Windsor Castle

Monday 8 May

Scout leader and disabled young person in canoe

The Big Help Out

In tribute to The King’s public service, The Big Help Out will be a national celebration of volunteering and encourage people to try volunteering for themselves.

The Big Help Out is supported by The Together Coalition and some of Britain’s best-known charities and community organisations, from the Scouts to the Royal Voluntary Service, Rotary to the National Trust.

The day will shine a spotlight on the power of volunteering to bring people together and make a difference to local communities, as well as creating a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend.

There are hundreds of opportunities to get involved and lend a hand on Bank Holiday Monday, use our interactive map to find a volunteering opportunity near you.

Use our map to find a Big Help Out event near you