Millions of Brits make final touches to their Big Lunch banquets
And now for the party (and lots of cake and quiche)! Millions of Brits make final touches to their Big Lunch banquets as work gets underway to turn Windsor Castle into setting for tonight’s star-studded concert
- Preparations are underway across the country for lunch time street parties before the concert tonight
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Preparations for coronation celebrations are underway across the country as royal fans eagerly anticipate street parties and neighbourhood lunches.
Pictures from early this morning show police and contractors setting up for this evening’s Coronation Concert in Windsor, which will see 20,000 spectators flock to the castle’s East Lawn.
The concert will feature stars including Katy Perry, Take That and Lionel Richie and will be broadcast across the BBC from 8pm.
Police were seen walking up the castle’s Long Walk and cardboard cutouts of the monarch were being positioned near bunting-clad street party tables as decoration.
Across the country people are getting ready to host and attend coronation lunches in celebration of the King’s crowning – with many baking the special coronation quiche that was created for the occasion.
Many will be putting their aprons on to produce a veritable feast for lunch today as people head out into the streets to celebrate the coronation
Across the country people are getting ready to host and attend coronation lunches in celebration of the King’s crowning – with many baking the special coronation quiche that was created for the occasion
A pub in Windsor decorated with buntin in celebration of the King’s coronation weekend. A concert will be hosted in the town later today
Ahead of the show on Sunday evening, thousands of street parties are expected to be held with people encouraged to come together across the country for the Coronation Big Lunch.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will attend a big lunch in Cranleigh, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will attend a community street party in Swindon, and Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will attend a big lunch in Windsor.
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Many will be putting their aprons on to produce a veritable feast for lunch today – including the coronation quiche, which has broad beans, spinach and tarragon in the recipe.
For the late Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, Coronation Chicken – cold chicken in a curry cream sauce with a well-seasoned dressed salad of rice, green peas and mixed herbs – was invented to feed the foreign guests who were entertained at Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.
Buckingham Palace said the quiche was chosen because it worked as a sharing dish, can be served hot or cold, suits a wide variety of dietary requirements and can be easily adapted to suit different tastes.
It’s also rumoured that it features some of the King’s favourite foods, namely cheese and eggs. Millions of cakes – from Victoria sponges with cream and jam to carrot cakes with cream cheese icing – will be lovingly baked as people join their neighbours to celebrate.
While millions across the country stayed at home yesterday to watch the coronation, people will take to the streets today.
And the weather looks likely to be lovely for most with highs of up to 22C – the hottest day of the year so far.
The best of the weather will be in London and the South East this afternoon, with pleasant conditions also expected in Windsor for the Coronation Concert tonight.
Most of the UK will see good periods of sunshine today and it will be mainly dry, but large areas of cloud cover will bring a threat of showers to some eastern areas.
A table laden with baked goods ready for a coronation picnic later today. A concert being held at Windsor Castle will be broadcast on the BBC from 8pm
Many will be putting their aprons on to produce a veritable feast for lunch today – including the coronation quiche, which has broad beans, spinach and tarragon in the recipe
A volunteer from The Friends of Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill sets up tables and chairs for The Coronation Big Lunch in Regent’s Park today
Coronation cakes being prepared by Brits today ahead of big lunches for King Charles II’s Coronation. Pictured are two sponges, berries and ingredients for icing
Preparations are underway across the country for big lunches, with tents being erected and buckets ready to store tipples for the big day
A picture of a Coronation cake shared on Twitter, with an icing crown and the words ‘King’s Coronation 6th May, 2023)
Tonight’s show in Windsor, hosted by Paddington and Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville, will include video messages from Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Dynasty actress Dame Joan Collins, adventurer Bear Grylls and Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones.
The series of pre-recorded sketches will reveal little-known facts about the monarch and will also include moments from beloved literary figure Winnie the Pooh – seemingly echoing the famous moment Paddington Bear drank tea with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
There will also be performances by Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, veteran rock guitarist Steve Winwood, and Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls.
Classical acts including Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform too.
The Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Art will come together for the first time to create a one-off performance featuring Sex Education and Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa and Olivier Award nominee Mei Mac.
Knitted figurines of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children on a postbox in Windsor. Several senior royals will make appearances at coronation lunches today
A table of Royal-related books such as The Platinum Queen, Isle and Empires and Queen Victoria’s Family are on display at one location getting ready for lunches today
Police officers walk up the Long Walk in Windsor, where frantic last-minute preparations for tonight’s Coronation Concert are taking place
Healthcare workers stand in front of a flag featuring the face of the newly crowned King Charles III. Millions are expected to take to the streets to celebrate today
Frantic last minute preparations are underway for the King’s Coronation Concert, which will feature Katy Perry and the band Take That
Journalists set up camera equipment and microphones to cover the concert, which will be broadcast from 8pm this evening across the BBC
Seven of the 10 locations involved in the concert, Lighting up the Nation, have been disclosed so far, including Blackpool seafront in Lancashire, where people can join a viewing party from Blackpool Tower (police on the Long Walk this morning)
A cardboard cut-out of the newly crowned King Charles III next to a vintage Rolls Royce, as street parties are set up across the country
People walk on the Long Walk in Windsor on Sunday morning, ahead of the Coronation Concert to be held there from 8pm this evening
As part of the Coronation Concert, choreographed lasers, projections and drone displays will radiate over historic bridges and buildings around the country.
Seven of the 10 locations involved in the event, Lighting up the Nation, have been disclosed so far, including Blackpool seafront in Lancashire, where people can join a viewing party from Blackpool Tower.
Sheffield Town Hall will showcase a display in the Peace Gardens, while Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge and Gateshead’s Millennium Bridge lights will cast riverside reflections for an audience stretching between the quays.
Quiches are filling up trolleys ahead of tomorrow’s celebrations but the raw ingredients needed to make the Coronation quiche have not been in popular demand, according to The Times
Queen Camilla travels with King Charles III in the Gold State Coach, back to Buckingham Palace from Westminster Abbey after their coronation
A drone show will light up the sky above the Eden Project in Cornwall, and its biomes will become multicoloured for spectators invited from the local volunteer community.
Light shows will also brighten up Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff at various locations.
The remaining three locations will be revealed during the concert.
The Coronation Concert will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds from 8pm.
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