King Charles III: Canada’s coronation celebration plans revealed

 Canada’s plans to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III on May 6 will include a musical performance by Algonquin artists and a gun salute, Canadian Heritage revealed Monday.

According to a press release issued Monday by the government department, a coronation celebration event will take place on May 6 beginning at 10 a.m. EDT. The event, which will take place at 144 Wellington St. in Ottawa, will include performances by the Algonquin Eagle River Singers, slam poet Sabrina Benaim, singer-songwriter Florence K, the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and traditional music group Inn Echo.


“The celebratory event will bring together performers and speakers who reflect values ​​shared by Canada and Her Majesty, such as protecting the environment, serving others and celebrating our country’s diversity,” the statement read. press. “These performances will be an opportunity to honor this historic moment and the values ​​we hold dear.”


Although King Charles acceded to the throne upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, his coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6. Other celebratory and community events are scheduled across the UK over coronation weekend, culminating in a bank holiday on May 8. This is the first coronation to take place in 70 years, since Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremony in 1953.


As a constitutional monarchy, Canada has proclaimed King Charles head of state.


In addition to musical performances, the hour-long event will also include speeches by Albert Dumont, an Algonquian spiritual advisor, and Farah Alibay, an aerospace engineer. During the event, Canada Post is also expected to unveil the first Canadian stamp featuring an image of King Charles III to mark the coronation.


“This continues a long-standing tradition of issuing definitive stamps representing the Canadian sovereign, dating back more than 170 years,” Jo-Anne Polak, Canada Post’s senior vice president of corporate and employee communications, said in the statement. press.


The Canadian Heraldic Authority will also unveil updated emblems to represent the change in reign, and muralist Dominic Laporte will produce live artwork throughout the event.


Celebrations on May 6 will conclude with a 21-gun salute on Parliament Hill. There will also be a performance by the Serenade of Strings Canadian Forces Central Band to “highlight the King’s lifelong connection to the Canadian Armed Forces.”


Dignitaries of Canada’s Table of Precedence, including members of the King’s Privy Council of Canada, are expected to attend the event. Others who will attend include prominent Canadians and supporters of causes considered important to the King.


In addition to a live stream, the event will be available to view on Canadian Heritage’s YouTube channel and Crown in Canada’s Facebook account.



On May 6 and 7, there will be free activities at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa on the occasion of the King’s coronation. Members of the public will be able to visit the Governor General’s residence, grounds and greenhouse. A recording of the coronation ceremony will also be viewable and musical performances will be provided by the Canadian Armed Forces Central Band. Rideau Hall will be open to visitors from 1 pm to 5 pm EDT on May 6 and 7.


As previously noted by Canadian Heritage, the Peace Tower and other federal buildings in Canada’s capital region will be lit up emerald green throughout the weekend to mark the King’s coronation. Landmarks across the country are also encouraged to do the same.


Finally, some Canadian Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners will invite residents to participate in activities organized within their local communities to commemorate the coronation. These include military parades, tree plantings, and exhibitions.



According to Canadian Heritage, members of the RCMP Musical Ride will participate in the coronation of King Charles in London. The Musical Ride is a special unit of horses and riders who perform cavalry exercises choreographed to music.


Former Musical Ride horses George, Elizabeth, Sir John, Darby and Noble, all of whom were gifts to the Royal Family, will participate.


The Canadian Armed Forces is also sending a coronation marching contingent, consisting of 16 members of the Canadian Army, 11 members of the Royal Canadian Navy, 11 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, six members of Canada’s Special Operations Command, and a member of the Royal Military College. These people have been selected based on their personal merits, according to Canadian Heritage.



Canadian Heritage also announced that it will provide $257,000 in funding to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, through the Canada History Fund. The fund is designed to support the creation of learning materials and activities that increase Canadians’ knowledge of Canadian history.


This money will support the production of educational materials to commemorate the coronation of King Charles and his relationship with Canada. These resources will focus on environmental protection and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.


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