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Coronation celebrations in Cambridgeshire

15 March 2023

Street parties, volunteering heroes and a lunch fit for a King are all ways Cambridgeshire residents can celebrate the coronation.

His Majesty King Charles III will be crowned alongside the Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 May at a ceremony conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

And to make it a right royal occasion, our county will be joining the rest of the UK in toasting the new monarch.

Below are just a few ways in which you can celebrate what promises to be a truly memorable few days:

  • Host a street party – these are simple to organise and a great way to spend time with your neighbours. But make sure to get your road closure applications in quickly as the deadline to apply is 10 April to enable road closures to be processed in time.
  • The Big Lunch - be part of history and join millions across the UK on 6-8 May by bringing together neighbours and communities to share friendship, food and a right royal knees up for the Coronation Big Lunch. The Big Lunch website will tell you all you need to know on how to get started, fun ideas and top tips, practical advice and loads more - remember to Add your Coronation Big Lunch to the interactive map.
  • The Big Help Out - held on 8 May, this is an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of His Majesty’s service and showcase the impact of volunteering within communities. From 20 March, The Big Help Out website will list some of the volunteering opportunities available near you and that you can see and try on 8th May (or during the Coronation weekend)
  • The Coronation Champions Award – this will raise the profile of volunteering heroes. You have until 2 April to nominate someone by visiting the award’s website.
  • School challenge - Cambridgeshire primary school children have been set a challenge to design either a poster or produce a short video encouraging everyone to have a greener coronation. There are prizes up for grabs, but the deadline is 7 April. Find out how to apply at: http://preview.cambridgeshire.cambscc.contensis.cloud/residents/waste-and-recycling/waste-education-service/zero-waste-coronation-challenge.

Further information on all of these can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

Julie Spence, Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire OBE, said: “There is quite rightly huge excitement for the upcoming coronation which promises to be an occasion none of us will ever forget.

“From street parties to The Big Lunch and The Big Help Out, there are so many ways to be involved in one of the greatest moments we will see during our lifetimes. And don’t forget to nominate your volunteering champions who – fittingly for a monarch who has championed good causes throughout his lifetime - we will celebrate during the festivities.”

Email the Lieutenancy if you would like a member of the Lieutenancy to attend your event: Lieutenancy@cambridgeshire.gov.uk