Ottawa announces plans to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation

The federal government has announced Canadian celebrations marking the coronation of King Charles III on May 6.

An hour-long televised event starts at 10 a.m. It’ll also be shown on Canadian Heritage’s YouTube channel and the Crown in Canada Facebook account.

“The Coronation of King Charles III is more than an occasion for pageantry and celebration. It is a unique opportunity to enhance Canadians’ knowledge and understanding of the Crown in Canada and our system of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy,” said John Geiger, the CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. “It is also an opportunity to learn more about the King himself, his deep connections to this country and his contributions to the environment, reconciliation, and the charitable sector in Canada.”

Performers include the Algonquin musical group Eagle River Singers, slam poet Sabrina Benaim, singer-songwriter Florence K, the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, and traditional music group Inn Echo.

Muralist Dominic Laporte will create a new work of art live during the event.

Speakers include Algonquin spiritual advisor Albert Dumont and aerospace engineer Farah Alibay.

Canada Post and the Canadian Heraldic Authority will unveil new emblems related to the change of monarch.

© Can Stock Photo / michelloiselle

© Can Stock Photo / michelloiselle

The event will conclude with a 21-gun salute fired from Parliament Hill.

The public can also participate in free activities on May 6 and 7 at Rideau Hall, where they can learn more about the role and history of the Crown in Canada.

The Peace Tower and other federal buildings will be illuminated in emerald green throughout the weekend to mark the historic event.

King Charles III acceded to the Throne on September 8 after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at 96. His coronation will be at Westminster Abbey in London, England.

He has made 18 official visits to Canada. His most recent was last year to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

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