The Coronation of King Charles III
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May 2023.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire has convened a Northamptonshire Coronation Committee, which includes representatives of the unitary councils, Northampton Town Council as the local council for the county town, representatives of the faith and voluntary and community sector, and Northants CALC as representative of all the county's parish and town councils.
Buckingham Palace has invited communities across the United Kingdom to share food and fun together at "Coronation Big Lunches" on Sunday 7 May 2023, in a nationwide act of celebration and friendship. From a cup of tea with a neighbour to a street party, a Coronation Big Lunch brings the community together.
Monday 8 May 2023, which is a bank holiday, is dedicated to "The Big Help Out", which will highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation. In tribute to His Majesty The King's public service, The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend. See https://thebighelpout.org.uk.
More information on the Coronation can be found using the following links:
- The Royal Website: https://www.royal.uk/coronation
- The Government's Dedicated Page: https://coronation.gov.uk/
- If you want to organise a Coronation Big Lunch on the Sunday you'll find plenty of help and guidance at https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/the-big-lunch.
- The Coronation Champion Award website, for "celebrating the wonderful work of our Volunteers, an initiative launched by HM The Queen Consort": https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering/coronation-champions-awards/
It promises to be a Right Royal Romp!
Unitary Council Web Pages
Please find below the links to the dedicated Coronation pages on the unitary council web sites where you can find guidance, details of events, and how to apply for road closure for street parties.
A dispensation has been given to mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort and Live Ceremonial Coverage on Saturday 6th May and The Coronation Concert on Sunday 7th May 2023.
This dispensation allows events to be organised for communities in venues where TV is not usually watched to screen live programmes throughout the weekend without needing to purchase a licence. This includes, for example, community venues such as churches, town halls, community centres, libraries and streets across Britain as well as commercial premises acting as community venues such as concert halls, performing arts venues, cinemas and shops. It also applies to any outdoor venues which have the facilities to screen.
BBC coverage should be free to watch, so please don't charge anyone for the viewing. Even if your screening is taking place at a venue which normally has a commercial purpose you must not charge for tickets, and the public should be allowed to bring their own food and drink.
Downloadable images of the special Coronation Emblem and usage guidelines are available at The Coronation Emblem | The Royal Family.