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Celebrations at Winchester Cathedral

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28 April 2023

Winchester Cathedral is preparing to host a grand celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III, including unique and symbolic floral arrangements, a Thanksgiving service, a screening of the Coronation and two tours on England’s historic roots.

Patrick, the Head Gardener, and Judith, the Flower Arrangers Section Head, have meticulously planned the decorations, which will include a suspended Corona made of dried native species, willow fleur-de-lis, lavender bunches forming crosses, dried roses, herbs, and other local plants. The decorations are to be representative of the King’s interests in the environment, young people, the Church, interfaith matters, architecture, family, and the military.

On Friday 5th May, a public Thanksgiving Service will begin at 7:00pm. This will feature the music of local children’s choirs, The Spitfire Band, The Royal Corps of Drums, and other military musicians. Alongside many esteemed guests and representatives, the address will be given by the Very Rev’d John Hall KCVO CStJ FSA FRSA, former Dean of Westminster Abbey.

On Saturday 6th May, a screening of King Charles III Coronation will be available to watch from inside Winchester Cathedral. Words and music will be provided, allowing everyone to participate in this historic event as if they were there, creating a unique and immersive experience. The cathedral will be open all day (no admission fees will be charged) and you are encouraged to come and take your seats early.

On Monday 8th May, there will be two tours titled, ‘This Royal House of Saxon Kings and Saints’. It will be an opportunity to learn about England’s historic roots in the heart of the ancient capital.