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Saturday, April 29, 2023



(Above: King Charles III and the Queen Consort taken by Hugo Burnand in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, London.)

Durban celebrates the Coronation of Charles lll on May 6, 2023, with a number of events:

Live Screening: Rhumbelow Theatre: May 6 from 09h00

Celebratory Service: St Cyprians: May 7 at 09h00

Coronation Celebration Concert: DLI Hall: May 21 at 14h00

The Coronation promises to be a major global and media event. King Charles will become the Head of the Commonwealth of Nations. While South Africa is an independent republic, like many other republics it enjoys membership of the commonwealth. The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort, Camilla in a ceremony taking place at Westminster Abbey, London, to be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The King has opted for a smaller, shorter and more diverse ceremony than the previous coronation held for his mother in 1953.

Over the Coronation weekend, the event itself on Saturday May 6 will be streamed live on the big screen, from 09h00 at the Rhumbelow Theatre with the build-up, to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Snacks will be on sale and there is a cash bar.

On Sunday May 7, at St Cyprian’s Church, 603 Umbilo Road there will be a Celebratory Service for the coronation at 09h00. The music will be led by St Cyprian’s Director of Music, AJ Bethke on the organ together with trumpeter Russell Scott. The Durban Chamber Choir will lead the hymns. After the service, there will be a picnic/bring and braai in the church grounds with a pipe band followed with live music by Dave Arnold.

To honour this historic occasion, the British Cultural and Heritage Association will present a Coronation Celebration Concert at the DLI Hall in Greyville on Sunday May 21 at 14h00, featuring the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the Durban Symphonic Choir and special guests, under the baton of Russell Scott. 

The programme will feature some rousing traditional British musical classics, such as Handel’s Music from the Royal Fireworks; Hallelujah Chorus, and Zadock the Priest; Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance; and Vaughan-Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, interspersed with iconic British and more contemporary favourites, such as numbers from the musicals and Beatles.