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What happens after the coronation? Full schedule of events for the weekend, from the flypast to the concert

King Charles and Queen Camilla have been crowned in a coronation ceremony full of pomp and pageantry at Westminster Abbey, eight months after Charles became King following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Millions of people around the world are watching the coronation proceedings on television and tens of thousands have lined the streets of London to celebrate the historic day.

After the ceremony, the newly-crowned royal couple will take part in a more extensive celebratory procession than their journey to the abbey – here’s everything you need to know about what comes next.

Balcony appearance

After the procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, senior royals will step out onto the Palace balcony to watch the flypast and pose for an iconic photograph, which, in the past, has been understood to send a message to the public about the monarchy moving forwards.

The moment will come on Saturday afternoon at roughly 2.25pm after the procession returns from Westminster Abbey.

Royal experts have said the image is meticulously planned to ensure the correct message is sent to the public.


The coronation flypast will take place over the Mall and Buckingham Palace at 2.30pm BST on Saturday 6 May.

The flypast will include squadrons from the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy which will soar over the Palace as King Charles, Queen Camilla and other members of the Royal Family greet members of the public from the balcony.

“The full flypast will see over 60 aircraft, including the iconic Red Arrows and historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, put on a spectacular show over London,” the RAF said.

The flypast is weather-dependent, meaning it could be cancelled if there is heavy rain, strong winds or thunderstorms. The Met Office is predicting rain, so there is a chance the display cannot go ahead.

What is the flypast route?

An exact route for the flypast has not been revealed, but airspace restrictions have been confirmed, giving an idea of the planes’ path.

Restricted airspace for coronation flypast
Restricted airspace for coronation flypast (Map: Military Airshows)

The flypast will impose restrictions in airspace in the vicinity of the North Sea, East Anglia, Essex and London. The dispersal will then occur to the south and west, over Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The following airspace restrictions have been confirmed:

  • Area A – between 1.15 and 3pm BST, not below 17,500ft
  • Area B – between 1.45 and 3pm BST, not below 5,500ft
  • Area C – between 2 and 3pm BST, not below 7,000ft
  • Area D – between 2 and 2.45pm BST
  • Area E – between 2.10 and 2.45pm BST, not below 2,500ft
  • Area F – between 2.20 and 3pm BST, not below 2,500ft
  • Area G – between 2.20 and 3pm BST
  • Area H – between 2.20 and 3pm BST, not below 10,500ft
  • Area I – between 2.20 and 3pm BST, not below 10,500ft

Coronation concert

The Coronation Concert starts at 8pm on Sunday 7 May, the day after King Charles is crowned at Westminster Abbey.

Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie lead the line-up of musical stars.

They are joined by the Italian opera legend Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, singer-songwriter Freya Ridings and the classical-soul composer Alexis Ffrench.

It lasts two hours and is being broadcast live on BBC One, with TV coverage anchored by Kirsty Young, the host of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Clara Amfo and Diversity’s dance-troupe member Jordan Banjo will be on hand to speak backstage to the artists during the show.

You will also be able to listen to the concert live on BBC Radio 2, as well as catching it online via BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

An estimated 20,000 members of the public will be in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with the crowd also including volunteers from the King and Queen’s charity affiliations.

The big help out

The bank holiday on Monday has been set aside for volunteering and is being billed as “the big help out”.

Organised by the Together Coalition and a wide range of partners such as the Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service and faith groups from across the UK, it aims to highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities.

The palace said in tribute to the King’s public service, the big help out “will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas”.

The aim of the day is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the coronation weekend.

The coronation of King Charles III

You can follow the coronation as it happens with our live blog here, and this is a full timetable of the coronation, and details of the concert.

Ahead of the ceremony, republican protesters were arrested before they could begin protests. New anti-protest laws were used to do it.

This week, The i Podcast looks at whether King Charles III could be the last monarch of a Commonwealth realm which was born from the British Empire and funded by the proceeds of slavery. Listen here: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Acast | Wherever you listen

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