King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are preparing for their upcoming coronation, beginning with the launch of an official website for the event complete with a playlist of songs to get all their well-wishers in the mood for a crowning.
On Monday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport debuted the new website filled with all the information the public might need about the forthcoming ceremony that will take place on May 6. The choice to debut this page on February 6 was intentional as it’s also the accession date of the late Queen Elizabeth and marks exactly three months until the coronation of her son. In addition to the website, the department also released a two-hour “Coronation Celebration Playlist” on Spotify. The 27-song list begins with The Beatles’ “Come Together” and goes on to feature predominately British bands and artists, including Coldplay, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Harry Styles, Queen, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Sam Ryder, the Spice Girls, The Kinks, The Who and Tom Jones. The playlist also appropriately ends with the song “King” by Years & Years.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement that, “The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.” According to the order of events listed on the new website, the day will begin with the King’s procession which goes from Buckingham Palace over to Westminster Abbey where King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned in a religious ritual led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following the coronation, the newly-crowned couple will be joined by other members of the royal family for a larger coronation procession back to Buckingham Palace where they will then appear all together on the building’s iconic balcony.
The following day the Coronation Concert will be broadcast live from Windsor Castle in celebration of the new king. The lineup of performers has yet to be announced, but according to the website, the evening will involve iconic locations across the UK being lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays, and illuminations. Tickets to the concert will also be given away to the public via national ballot and the evening will also be attended by volunteers from some of the king and queen consort’s favorite charities. That Monday has also been proclaimed a special bank holiday by the Prime Minister in honor of this special occasion and to give the British public the chance to engage in community service through the Big Help Out volunteer campaign.
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