The coronation celebrations continue with Big Help Out and the EastEnders street party

The celebrations continue on the Monday bank holiday to celebrate the King’s coronation with the Big Help Out.

The King and Queen will not appear publicly on Monday – the day of the Big Help Out, billed as a lasting legacy of volunteering to mark Charles’ coronation.

Other royals will join the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester to visit the Coptic Orthodox Church in London, where young volunteers will host a coronation street party.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will be attending a puppy training course at the Guide Dog Association Training Center in Reading.

Big Help Out Day is organized by The Together Coalition and partners including The Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service and faith groups from across the UK.

It will highlight the positive impact that volunteering has on communities and encourage people to try volunteering themselves to create a lasting legacy.

On Monday evening from 7.30pm EastEnders will have a Coronation themed street party in Albert Square hosted by the residents of Walford.

The public has been encouraged to take on hundreds of thousands of volunteer jobs involving more than 1,500 charities over the additional holidays.

Coronation of King Charles III

Krishan Kant Attri, Julie Siddiqi, Venerable Ajahn Amaro and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby take part in Big Help Out aimed at inspiring a new generation of volunteers (Aaron Chown/PA)

An app has been developed to allow people to search for volunteering opportunities ranging from helping the elderly to working with environmental organizations and supporting animal welfare.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “While fully supporting the Big Help Out initiatives taking place across the UK on Monday 7 May, (the King and Queen) will not be attending any events in person.

“These will be attended by other members of the royal family instead.”

Camilla is a patron of the Royal Voluntary Service charity and has been a patron of the Big Lunch initiative since 2013.

The extra bank holiday, which will take place across the UK, caps a long weekend of celebrations.

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The Coronation Concert in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, on Sunday night (Yui Mok/PA)

On Sunday night, Charles and Camilla attended a star-studded coronation concert at Windsor Castle, featuring actors, singers and entertainers – and Kermit the Frog, who managed to bring down the royal box.

Dubbed pop “royalty,” Take That brought down the house Katy Perry and Lionel Richie and got the royal family – including Charles and Camilla – dancing during the 95-minute extravaganza.

The Prince of Wales delivered the night’s most impassioned tribute, telling his father in front of a crowd of 20,000: “Pa, we’re all so proud of you.”

The concert, hosted by Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville, celebrated the life of the King, from his service in the armed forces to his passion for the arts and charitable work.

Footage of Charles’ life was shown during the tributes to celebrities including actors Hugh Jack and Pierce Brosnan, former Strictly Come Dancing dancer Oti Mabuse and adventurer Bear Grylls.

A host of celebrities recorded messages for Charles or highlighted little-known facts, while Hollywood star Tom Cruise delivered his pre-taped tribute while at the controls of his Top Gun warbird plane.

Stressing the fact that Charles was qualified as a helicopter pilot, he said: “Pilot to pilot, Your Majesty, you can always be my wingman,” before saluting and turning away.

The de Havilland Chipmunk WP903, which the then Prince Charles learned to fly in the spring of 1969 while he was a student at Cambridge University, was demonstrated on Sunday 2nd May 2023 as part of the King and Country Air Show at nearby Shuttleworth Aerodrome issued by Bedford.  The credit should read: Hilton Holloway.

The de Havilland Chipmunk WP903, in which the then Prince Charles learned to fly in 969, will take to the air at Shuttleworth Airfield near Bedford on Sunday (Hilton Holloway/PA)

The King’s lifelong connection to the skies was also marked in Bedford on Sunday with the de Havilland Chipmunk WP903 in which he learned to fly in 1969 while attending the King and Country Air Show at Shuttleworth Aerodrome.

The 70-year-old fire engine red single-engine primary trainer wowed crowds as it took to the skies alongside a host of other historic military aircraft.

Built in 1952, the two-seat tandem aircraft served on RAF Queen’s Flight before being used to teach young Charles to fly at RAF Tangmere while he was a student at Cambridge University in 1969.

The future King first flew solo RAF Bassingbourn aircraft on 14 January 1969 before receiving his private pilot license in March 1969 and his RAF provisional flying badge on 2 August.


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