The Coronation weekend and bank holiday are aimed at bringing the nation and our communities together, highlighting that which connects us and promoting participation, to help and serve our communities through volunteering initiatives like the Coronation Big Lunch and the Big Help Out.
The Coronation ceremony is steeped in tradition, having largely remained the same for over a thousand years. The English coronation service proper was drawn up by St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, for the grand coronation of Edgar, first King of All England and great-grandson of Alfred the Great, in 973 AD. His queen Aelfthryth was the first consort to be crowned queen of England.
We recognise the significance of this occasion, and we are taking this moment to reflect, with enormous pride, upon the important role that our work over the years has played in preserving the traditions and heritage of the monarchy.
May this Coronation be a time of joy, celebration, and unity for all.