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Portsmouth will join towns and cities around the country in celebrating His Majesty King Charles III being crowned alongside the Queen Consort.

Celebrating the Coronation

The Coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Buckingham Palace has said that the event will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.

Many Portsmouth residents will remember the last coronation, in 1953, when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned and there were many street parties around the city.

This time, residents and community groups will again mark this historic event by holding street parties over the bank holiday weekend. As on previous national occasions, we’ll be covering the cost of road closures and insurance to help make these celebrations happen.

Apply to hold a Coronation street party

The deadline to submit an application to hold a street party to mark the King’s Coronation was Friday 3 March 2023.

We received over 80 applications which are now being reviewed. Please note that if your location has a high number of street parties, we may request to move your date.

Missed the deadline? Don’t worry – there are still lots of ways to get involved….

Coronation Big Lunch event - Sunday 7 May at Victoria Park

Following the success of our Big Lunch events for the Platinum Jubilee last year, we’re holding a free Coronation Big Lunch celebration on Sunday 7 May at Victoria Park, for people from all over the city to come together. It will be a day of free live music, entertainment and family activities, so pack your picnic and make a day of it.

More information will be added here soon.

Other ways to get involved

You can hold your own Coronation Big Lunch celebration over the weekend too, even it’s just a small event in your garden. There are lots of ideas on the Eden Project Communities website. Sign up for a Big Lunch pack to receive all you need to get started, with fun ideas and top tips, practical advice and loads more.