Coronation, Family Activities
Posted 2nd May 2023
On Saturday 6th May this year, the Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place at Westminster Abbey – the first coronation service in 70 years. The Ceremony which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort. It will reflect the role of the monarch today, and while being rooted in pageantry and longstanding traditions, will look towards the future.
The King’s procession will be visible, along the Mall, Parliament Square and Whitehall and large crowds are expected. However, for older people that are unable to go to London for the historic event, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the occasion. The coronation provides the perfect opportunity to encourage creativity, honour traditions and maintain a sense of community. The ideas below aim to inspire older people looking for ways to celebrate the event and public holiday in the comfort of their own home.
Decorate the house
One easy way to get into the party spirit is to decorate your home with bunting, banners and flags. If you are feeling creative you could have a go at making the decorations yourself, or alternatively, you could buy some decorations, like the ones available here. If you’re celebrating with a banquet, you could have royal-themed table decorations and get out your finest silverware, tablecloth and champagne flutes to truly mark the occasion in style.
Have a royal afternoon tea
You could put your baking skills to the test and whip up some red, white and blue cakes and treats. There are some fantastic recipes here that you could try! Get out your fancy tea set and invite your loved ones over for an afternoon tea fit for the royals.
Dress up for the occasion
Every now and then it is nice to put on our finest clothes – it can really help to make an occasion feel extra special. Alternatively, to create a buzz at home, you could dress in fancy dress, or red, white and blue, whilst also using fun props such as hats and crowns!
Watch the coronation on TV
For those wanting to witness the historic event and watch the coronation at home, BBC, ITV and Sky will all broadcast live from the ceremony.
Make royal crafts (bunting)
Activities that involve crafting can be a brilliant way for older people to join in the celebrations. You could create your own decorations for your home, such as bunting and flags, as well as making crowns, posters and cards. If you are true royalist, you could also spend time creating a collage or mural filled with pictures of the royal family over the years.
Enjoy a street party
The nation will be filled with street parties over the coronation weekend, and if mobility is an issue, it can be a great way to feel involved in the community and party spirit. The atmosphere is sure to lift moods and leave everyone feeling happy and united.
Make royal coronation party food
For those looking to host friends and family, making a royal coronation feast is an excellent way to offer a memorable and special occasion. You could create platters and grazing boards of traditional finger sandwiches, homemade quiches, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, cheeses, and charcuterie. It is worth considering catering for all ages and palettes, to ensure all guests are accommodated. Here are 40 party recipe ideas for the King’s coronation you could try.
There are many ways that older people can get involved when it comes to royal-themed entertainment, such as, a royal quiz which tests everyone’s royal family knowledge, royal bingo which uses members of the royal family instead of numbers, pass the parcel, using gold paper as the parcel wrapping, and the King says, which would be a take on Simon says. These games could bring all generations together over the coronation weekend.
Celebrating the King’s coronation can easily be achieved from home, and it doesn’t need to break the bank. The most important thing is that older people feel included in the historic celebrations. With a little enthusiasm, creativity and collectiveness, it is the perfect time for family and friends to spend quality time together, creating special and lifelong memories while marking the momentous occasion.