As we move into spring, I am very much looking forward to the Coronation of King Charles III at the beginning of May. For many – myself included – this will be the first time a coronation has been held during their lifetime.
Over an extended bank holiday weekend, people across the UK and Commonwealth will get together to recognise this important occasion.
The full list of events taking place nationally, including the timings for the Coronation Service and Concert, can be found on the Lieutenancy website.
The Coronation is not only a historic event, but also presents an opportunity to come together and celebrate with our friends and neighbours.
On Sunday 7th May, The Coronation Big Lunch encourages us to mark this very special occasion by holding a street party or simply chatting over a cup of tea. Last year, it was heart-warming to see people across our City and County coming together to ensure everyone could be involved in the Platinum Jubilee festivities, and I know that this will also be true of the Coronation weekend. I and my Deputy Lieutenants are excited to attend events across the County and share in your celebrations!
On Monday 8th May, The Big Help Out encourages people to get involved with local charitable organisations. In my role as Lord-Lieutenant, I get to see some of the many benefits brought about by volunteering- to local communities, to those most in need, and to the volunteers themselves!
Many of the major national charities are currently listed on the Big Help Out website, and I will be working with partners across the City and County to identify opportunities to get involved more locally. Whether you are an experienced volunteer, or just want to try something new, The Big Help Out is an opportunity to use your time to find something fulfilling, meet new people and learn new skills. If you are already a volunteer, we would love to hear about your experiences of volunteering, and the benefits it brings!
We are also holding a special service in Leicester, to share our best wishes for the beginning of the King’s reign. The service is open to the public, and to those of all faiths. More details on this can be found on our Lieutenancy website. I hope to see you there, to share in this very special time and talk about your own coronation celebrations.
I hope however you celebrate the Coronation, that you enjoy the extended weekend and make lasting memories of this historic event.
By Mike Kapur, His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire