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Charles and his wife Camilla, the queen consort, will be sworn into their sovereign roles in front of over 2,000 people on Saturday, May 6, at Westminster Abbey in London. In doing so, he will become the 40th British sovereign crowned at the church.
“I’m deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty, which have now passed to me,” Charles said in an address to the nation. “In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands and of the Commonwealth realms and territories throughout the world.”
But the upcoming ceremony is just one part of a packed weekend of celebrations, which also includes a concert, luncheons and a volunteering effort called “The Big Help Out.”
Here’s the full schedule of events.
Saturday, May 6
On the day of the coronation, Charles and Camilla will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey for the ceremony in a tradition known as The King’s Procession, which is set to start at 6 a.m. ET.
The ceremony will consist of a religious service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, and will last about two hours.
The historically coronation has six parts. During the ceremony, Charles will take his coronation oath and will be “anointed, blessed and consecrated” by the archbishop. This will take place behind a screen.
Once Charles receives the orb and sceptres, St. Edward’s Crown will be placed on Charles’ head. Later, he will wear the Imperial State Crown.
Following the service, the two will embark on a much larger procession, called The Coronation Procession, back to Buckingham Palace.
In a slight break of tradition, Prince George, Charles’ eldest grandchild, will serve as the page of honor during the procession down the nave of Westminster Abbey. Typically, grandchildren of British monarchs don’t hold official roles in the ceremony.
The other three pages include Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Nicholas Barclay and Ralph Tollemache. As for Camilla, her four pages include her grandsons, Gus Lopes, Louis Lopes and Freddy Parker Bowles, as well as her great nephew, Arthur Elliot.
Once at the palace, Charles and Camilla will receive a royal salute from the United Kingdom and commonwealth armed forces, which is then followed by three cheers from service personnel.
To conclude Saturday’s ceremonial events, the newly minted king and queen consort will appear alongside their family on the balcony at the palace.
Prince Harry will be attending the coronation without wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their children, Buckingham Palace officials confirmed.
The former Meghan Markle denied a report in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper that said she wasn’t planning to attend the event because she wasn’t happy with Charles’ response to a letter she reportedly wrote him two years ago.
“The Duchess of Sussex is going about her life in the present, not thinking about correspondence from two years ago related to conversations from four years ago,” the spokesperson told NBC News on April 24.
First lady Jill Biden will also attend to represent the U.S.
Sunday, May 7
On Sunday, May 7, a coronation concert will take place at Windsor Castle, bringing “global music icons and contemporary stars together” in celebration. The BBC is set to broadcast the event live.
The concert will also feature artists Sir Bryn Terfel, Freya Ridings and Alexis Ffrench. The performers will be accompanied by both a 70-piece orchestra and a house band.
The Coronation Choir and The Virtual Choir, composed of performers across the country, will both sing at the event, Buckingham Palace previously confirmed.
The concert’s theme will be “Lighting up the Nation,” and is expected to include light projections, lasers and drones to illuminate notable locations across the United Kingdom.
Much of the in-person audience will consist of volunteers associated with Charles and Camilla’s charity relations, as well as those from the BBC’s national ballot that awards thousands with free tickets.
Also on Sunday, neighbors across the United Kingdom are encouraged to share a meal, sip on a cup of tea or host a street party together as part of the “Coronation Big Lunch.”
“A Coronation Big Lunch brings the celebrations to your neighbourhood and is a great way to get to know your community a little better,” a release from Buckingham Palace states.
Monday, May 8
Rounding out a weekend full of events, Monday marks the United Kingdom’s official bank holiday in honor of the coronation.
On that day, the King is also hoping people will volunteer in their community as part of “The Big Help Out,” held “in tribute to His Majesty The King’s public service,” according to Buckingham Palace.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com