The King's Coronation Celebrations

What events are happening for the coronation in London 2023

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His Majesty King Charles will be crowned at Westminster Abbey

The coronation of His Majesty The King and The Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6th May, 2023 at Westminster Abbey, London.

This is an event that hasn't happened for 70 years, most people alive today will not have witnessed a coronation.

To celebrate this momentous occasion there are various events being held by official organisations as well as community based. Events begin 6 May on the coronation day itself, and last for the entire weekend, including 8 May which is a Bank Holiday. Below are the key coronation dates and events in London for you to discover.

Together the Royal Collection Trust and the Historic Royal Palaces manage our most well known Royal palaces and former Royal palaces including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. These popular attractions each have their own special exhibitions, events and activities to honour the King's coronation and they're not just for the coronation weekend either, some run right through to September.

Read on for more information on these and to book tickets.

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Coronation weekend 2023

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Across the Coronation Weekend, there will be opportunities for people to come together in celebration of this historic occasion.


6 May 2023

The Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey 

The service will take place at 11am at Westminster Abbey. Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s Procession’. 

There will be big screens in Hyde Park, Green Park, and St James’s Park, so bring a picnic and enjoy the show in London’s Royal Parks.

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.


7 May 2023

Coronation Concert

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.

Coronation Big Lunch

This is also the day of the Coronation Big Lunch, Here neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together.


8 May 2023

Big Help Out

The Big Help Out, is a day to encourage people to try volunteering 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.

Coronation weekend events in London

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Mayfair Coronation Garden Party

During the coronation weekend (6- 7 May) Mayfair will be hosting the Mayfair Coronation Garden Party in Grosvenor Square. Grosvenor Square is to be transformed into an enchanting garden wonderland, where you can relax with family and friends and enjoy a big screening of King Charles III’s Coronation ceremony and the Windsor Castle concert on a cinema-sized screen.

Food stalls will be available and the event is free.

10am - 8pm on Sat 6 May

12pm - until Windsor Castle concert close Sun 7 May.


Regent Street coronation flags

In Regent Street home of world renowned shops, you can soak up the pageantry whilst gazing up at 175 coronation union flags, in red, white and blue.


St James's Market coronation art installation

At St James's Market you can catch a glimpse of James Glancy Design’s coronation art installation inspired by the official emblem of the coronation. Look for the flora and fauna representing the four nations, shaped into a crown.

Coronation walking tours in London

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Buckingham Palace with King Charles III's Coronation Walking Tour - July - September 2023

This fabulous Royal tour combines entrance to Buckingham Palace with a regal stroll through the capital with your expert guide on all things Royal.

On your walking tour you will see the impressive St James’s Palace – where The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall lived, and, of course, Buckingham Palace - residence to His Majesty the King. You may even see the changing of the guard and learn more about this iconic and historic tradition.

At the famous palace you can marvel at the spectacular State Rooms as well as take a relaxing journey round the beautiful mid summer palace gardens.

  • King Charles III's Coronation Walking Tour led by expert guide
  • Entrance to Buckingham Palace at the end of your tour
  • Enjoy the world-famous State Rooms
  • Venture through the Royal garden

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King Charles III's Coronation Walking Tour - until March 2024

An informative and fun walking tour of Royal London. See St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace. Visit Jermyn Street, a famous Royal haunt.
Learn about Royal Warrants and the Crown Estate.

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Westminster Abbey - the place of King Charles III's coronation

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Westminster Abbey is the place of coronations for over 700 years, and this year, 2023 will be hosting the first coronation for 70 years.

Cosmati pavement and the coronation

This summer pay special attention to the Cosmati pavement - a nearly 800 year old medieval treasure - one of Britain's greatest, and only carefully revealed from under carpet in 2010. From the 1870s until this time it had lain beneath the carpet meaning many previous monarchs (including Elizabeth II) had not been crowned with it on display.

King Charles will be the first monarch in around 150 years to be crowned upon this glorious mosaic floor of marble, stone, glass and metal.


Coronation exhibition - 8 April - 30 September 2023

This exhibition in the Chapter House will reveal the key elements of the royal ceremony which has taken place at the Abbey for nearly a thousand years.

Featuring historic illustrations and archive photography, this exhibition is for anyone who would like to find out what a coronation is and to understand its ceremonial, regalia and objects.

No additional booking is required to visit the exhibition. 


Afternoon tea at Westminster Abbey - 21 March - 31 July 2023

Enjoy a tea fit for royalty including a selection of savoury items, Earl Grey scones and delicious cakes. The Afternoon Tea is influenced by the 'King's passion for sustainability.'

See menu and book your table using the official Westminster Abbey website through our link below "more info" and under opening times.

Available six days a week, Mon - Sat.


Family events and Coronation Club at Westminster Abbey

If you visit during selected Saturdays and school holidays you can participate in crown making, storytelling and tours for all the family.

Activities are Included in Abbey entry.

Westminster Abbey more info & book tickets

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Westminster Abbey, London

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• Traditional coronation site for English monarchs and burial place of kings, queens, statesmen and poets • Admission to Westminster Abbey •  Multimedia guide in 14 languages

Buckingham Palace 'King's Procession'

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The 'King's Procession' from Buckingham Place 6 May 2023

Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s 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.

‘The King’s Procession’ is the parade route and where you need to be if you want to get close to all the action. Starting at Buckingham Palace the procession will head down The Mall before turning right around the corner of St James’s Park, through the Horse Guards Parade, down Parliament Street before ending at Westminster Abbey. 

If you don't like crowds though this one's probably not for you. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the route, with screens along the way.

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The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace

A permanent space dedicated to changing exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation. The Queen's Gallery is open to the public throughout the year (see ticket options below).

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The Royal Mews

The Royal Mews is the mews (or stables) of the British Royal Family, located in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. These also are open to the public throughout the year (see ticket options below).

Book tickets for the Royal Mews

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Book tickets for Buckingham Palace - only available late July to September

With option to add on Royal Mews

• The State Rooms • The Royal Collection • Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto • Audio tour included • Famous 42-acre Buckingham Palace Gardens

Tower of London Crown Jewels new exhibition

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Want to see the Crown Jewels King Charles will be crowned with?

If you want to have an up-close view of the iconic St Edward's Crown that King Charles will wear on his coronation day in addition to the other Crown Jewels, you need to head for the Tower of London. But don't go too soon - you'll need to wait until 26 May for the new and exciting exhibition to open up.


Newly transformed Jewel House from 26 May 2023

On this date the Tower of London will open its newly transformed Jewel House, with a new display exploring more stories than ever before about the history and significance of the Crown Jewels.

The new display will be the first major change to the Jewel House at the Tower of London for over a decade. A new exhibition, leading towards the Treasury where most of the Crown Jewels are kept, will explore the origins of some of the objects for the first time, including the destruction of the original jewels under Oliver Cromwell.


Coronation Bench Trail

Discover a series of 14 benches designed by school children to celebrate the coronation of HM King Charles III.


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Book online to guarantee entry - Tower of London tickets

• Access the Tower and Crown Jewels display • Yeoman Warder "Beefeater" guided tour and talk • Ideal for families • Vouchers can be scanned at attraction - no need for printing

Kensington Palace - including entrance to Crown to Couture exhibition

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Crown to Couture - 5th April to 29th October 2023

Set to be the largest exhibition ever staged at the palace, this exhibition features over 200 fascinating objects of high profile celebrity couture, from some of the finest examples of 18th century court dress to iconic contemporary red carpet looks.

The King’s Gallery will be filled to the brim with stunning dress, just as it would have been over 300 years ago. It will create a connection across the centuries, demonstrating how just as the celebrities of today are on show and subject to scrutiny at public events, the fashion worn by Georgian visitors to these spaces would have been watched by throngs of onlookers and reported widely in the newspapers just as they are today.

Crown to Couture is included in in palace admission.

Kensington Palace more info & book tickets

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Visit the former home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, official London home of HRH William and HRH Kate

• Admission to Kensington Palace and Gardens • King's and Queen's State Apartments • Paintings from the Royal Collection • Sunken garden • The King’s Drawing Room, the Cupola Room and Queen Caroline’s Closet • Changing exhibitions

Windsor Castle coronation events

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Coronation events at the Castle until 4 June 2023

To celebrate the coronation, Windsor Castle are putting on coronation events which will be included in your ticket to Windsor Castle. Family friendly activities such as coronation themed crafts and trails will be available daily until 4 June 2023.


Windsor Castle coronation concert 7 May 2023

On Sunday 7th of May Windsor Castle will be hosting a star-studded Coronation Concert which will be broadcast live across the entire BBC network.

The concert will feature musical icons, entertainers, a world-class orchestra, and a selection of spoken word sequences delivered by stars of the stage and screen.

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• Luxurious State Apartments • St. George's Chapel, burial place of Henry VIII • Queen Mary's ornate Dolls' House • Changing of the Guard ceremony in summer

Free open garden event at Hampton Court Palace - 6 May 2023

Hampton Court Palace

May 6 - Coronation Day - enjoy a screening of the coronation in the gardens

On the day of the coronation Hampton Court Palace will be screening of the coronation in the Palace Gardens.

On this day from 9.30 - 4.30 you can explore the gardens for free, and enjoy refreshments and pick up a royal-themed souvenir of the day.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnics.

Shire horse rides are available for the day.

No ticket required. The palace and Magic Garden are closed on this day.

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