What is King Charles III doing today? His Majesty’s busy coronation schedule

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The Coronation of King Charles III is set to be a rather busy weekend for His Majesty.

There’s the historically significant ceremony at Westminster Abbey to pull off, after numerous rehearsals, for one thing.

No doubt the occasion will draw the eyes of millions, with countless people set to gather in London for a glimpse of the King, Queen Camilla and members of the Royal Family.

Here, you can see where King Charles is set to be throughout the next few days, as the coronation and the weekend’s celebrations unfold.

What is King Charles doing today, May 5?

Today (Friday, May 5), King Charles has a number of engagements before the coronation takes place.

This morning, the King, Queen Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales were spotted at Westminster Abbey for last-minute coronation preparations, and were seen waving to well-wishers.

From 12.05pm, the King and other members of the Royal Family will join a Realm Governor General and Prime Ministers’ lunch at Buckingham Palace.

This afternoon, the King will travel to the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in Pall Mall, London, where he will attend a meeting with the Commonwealth Heads of Government.

Early this evening, His Majesty and other members of the Royal Family will be hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace for overseas guests.

A number of foreign royals, leaders and dignitaries were welcomed to the UK yesterday for the coronation, by The King and his representatives.

This week, The King has welcomed Realm Prime Ministers and Indigenous leaders, ahead of Their Majesties’ Coronation.

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Additionally, royal fans can tune into CBBC at 5pm today to see the King and Queen Camilla receive special golden Blue Peter badges, in an episode of the children’s programme.

Saturday, May 6

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 6) is coronation day – so King Charles will be busy being crowned as monarch.

In the early morning, there will surely be many preparations going on for the ceremony.

At 10.20am, The King and Queen Camilla are scheduled to leave Buckingham Palace and travel in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach along the procession route to reach Westminster Abbey. This is called The King’s Procession.

At 11am, the coronation ceremony will begin at the Abbey, and is expected to last for two hours.

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At 1pm, The King and Queen Camilla will make their way back to Buckingham Palace from the Abbey in the Gold State Coach for The Coronation Procession. This is the grander of the two processions, and follows the same route as The King’s Procession in reverse.

At 1.45pm, The King and Queen Camilla are expected to be back at Buckingham Palace, where they’ll be given a royal salute.

At 2.15pm, we will see The King, Queen Camilla and a select group of royals appear on Buckingham Palace balcony, for the iconic photograph and an RAF flypast.

However, the latter is dependent on the weather, so let’s hope for clear skies on Saturday.

You can find out more about the schedule for coronation day in our guide to the timings.

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Sunday, May 7

The day after the coronation will see the coronation concert being held at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

The concert will begin at 8pm. It is expected that the King and Queen Camilla will be there to enjoy performances by musical stars including Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

Prince William is reportedly set to give a ‘heartfelt’ speech in tribute to Their Majesties during the event, too.

Monday, May 8

Monday, May 8 is a bank holiday in the UK – and as part of the coronation, it is also known as The Big Help Out.

People across the UK are being encouraged to volunteer in their communities, which you can learn more about in our guide.

The King’s schedule is not yet known, however Anne, The Princess Royal, will attend a Big Help Out service and reception at Gloucester Cathedral, as per the Royal Diary.


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