Published: 5 May 2023
The coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort in 2023 is set to be a historic occasion, as a new monarch ascends to the throne. As a student at the University of Sunderland in London, take advantage of the location and the occasion to explore all the exciting things during this momentous weekend. We recommend the following 5 budget-friendly activities to consider over the coronation weekend between Saturday 6th and Monday 8th May, 2023.
Attend the Coronation Ceremony
As surprising as it may sound, the coronation ceremony is the centrepiece of the coronation weekend and promises to be a grand affair. Therefore, take a break from your studies and head over to Westminster Abbey, where the new monarch will take their oath and receive the crown. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a historic event in person and be part of an unforgettable moment.
Watch out for Public Street Parties
There is also a fantastic opportunity to join in the festivities and meet new people during this event, as London’s streets likely will be vibing over the long weekend. You can also experience the regal atmosphere in Mayfair during the coronation bank holiday, as Grosvenor Square is being changed into a garden of dreams inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Absorb the sun's rays while relishing themed cocktails and view the coronation on screens displayed around. Check with your local community or council to see what events are happening in your area.
Get a Selfie with a Royal
Although you may not be able to be at the front of the queue on the day of the coronation, there is an alternative way to guarantee a selfie with a member of the royal family, by visiting Madame Tussauds. The popular attraction boasts an extensive waxwork collection featuring all the senior royals, allowing you to take close-up photos with them. Remember to reserve your spot and take advantage of your student discount by booking your tickets online.
*Be alarmed that queues might be longer than usual during the coronation weekend.
Watch the Fireworks Display
The coronation weekend is expected to end with a spectacular fireworks display, called ‘Lighting up the Nation’, which will unite the country in a joyful celebration. This is a fantastic way to cap off the weekend and celebrate the new monarch. You can watch the display from various locations around London, including parks and public places. Furthermore, landmarks throughout the United Kingdom will be illuminated using an array of techniques such as projections, drones, lasers and other illuminating devices ensuring everyone can take their part in the celebration.
Visit a Royal Attraction
Another perk of studying in London is that you can visit most of the attractions that have a royal connection. See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, explore Windsor Castle & St George's Chapel, and Kensington Palace. These are just a few of the top destinations when it comes to London's royal attractions. However, please note that all museums and galleries linked to the royal family (Queen's Gallery, Household Cavalry Museum, etc.) will be closed on the day of the coronation. If you plan to visit any of these during the coronation weekend, aim for a day before or after the coronation.
Don’t forget, this weekend promises to be an exciting and unforgettable occasion, with plenty of things to see and do. Whether you're interested in attending the coronation ceremony, exploring London's royal landmarks, or joining in the street parties, there is something for everyone. Plan ahead, get involved, and enjoy this historic event to the fullest.