- The Culture Secretary has called on the public to add their own events showcasing local celebrations that will bring communities together
- It comes as the Prime Minister confirms he will host a ‘Big Lunch’ at Downing Street to mark the coronation weekend
With two months to go until the Coronation, members of the public and community organisations across the UK have been invited by the Culture Secretary to share how they will celebrate this historic milestone on a digital map to be launched this weekend.
The move comes as the Prime Minister has also confirmed today that he will be hosting a Big Lunch at Downing Street during the Coronation weekend.
Guests will be community volunteers from across the country.
Hosted on the government’s Coronation website, the map will showcase a variety of ways people can mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort in their local areas.
The map is designed to encourage people to add their own Coronation Big Lunches, street parties, Big Help Out plans and other Coronation activities so others in the local community can find out about events near them and get involved.
Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said:
We want everyone up and down the country to have the opportunity to get involved in the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.
Our interactive map will help you find activities, events and celebrations nearby. Whether you’re hosting a street party, planning a Big Lunch, a screening or activity for the Big Help Out, we want to hear from you.
This is a fantastic occasion to come together with friends, family and your local community to mark this historic moment.
The Coronation will take place across a celebratory weekend of events to mark this historic occasion, beginning on Saturday 6 May with the Coronation Service taking place at Westminster Abbey in London. Their Majesties will be crowned in the same location Her Late Majesty The Queen was crowned 70 years ago.
On Sunday 7 May, the Coronation Concert will take place at Windsor Castle with famous locations across the UK lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
Staged and broadcast by the BBC in front of a live audience of several thousand members of the public, the concert will celebrate Their Majesties’ Coronation.
Across the weekend, tens of thousands of Coronation Big Lunches and street parties will be held in the UK and Commonwealth. Big Lunches take place across the UK annually and last year they raised more than £22 million for local charities.
Official Bank Holiday
On Monday 8 May, a Bank Holiday has been proclaimed by the Prime Minister so the nation can come together to support charities in the Big Help Out.
In tribute to His Majesty The King’s lifetime of service, the Big Help Out will encourage people to support the causes that matter the most to them with activity already planned by organisations including The Scouts, Royal Voluntary Service, National Trust and RNLI.
Other resources are also available online to help everyone celebrate the Coronation at home. From bunting ideas to recipes, a party playlist, postcards and creative templates plus recipe ideas and activities for children and families.
Sources: THX News, Department for Culture Media and Sport & The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP.