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It’s Royal Repeats for Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle

It’s Royal Repeats for Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle

The Royal Box was filled tonight for the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.

Mother Nature provided clear skies for the festivities.

Here you see the King as he walks to his seat.

Earlier arrivals included the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and Lady Louise Windsor. James, Earl of Wessex, was also there, just not seen in this photo.

Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as they arrived.

Zara and Mike Tindall.

Sarah Ferguson chats with her daughter, Princess Beatrice. You also see the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in the lower right. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales with Princess Charlotte and Prince George (barely visible in this photo).

King Charles waved to the crowd as he arrived. On his left, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC.

The Wales family as they waited for the show to get underway.

Princess Charlotte. 

Prince William and Prince George. Behind them, you see Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty.

Another photo of the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte before the concert started.

At one point, it looked like Princess Charlotte was having a little trouble with her LED concert bracelet.

The Princess and the Duke of Gloucester.

The State Trumpeters played a fanfare just before the concert started.

The concert opened with the voice of the King saying, “I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect, and love.” More from the BBC’s story

The crowd of 20,000 people got their tickets in a public ballot, with many more watching performances from stars including Katy Perry and Take That on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.

Host Hugh Bonneville – the Paddington and Downton Abbey actor – addressed the royal guests as the show began and acknowledged the King’s love of the arts, joking he was “the artist formerly known as prince”.

Sir Bryn Terfel (L) and Andrea Bocelli sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Olly Murs performed his song “Dance With Me Tonight.”

A quick video from Rebecca English.

The Coronation Choir, with 300 members, sang “Brighter Days.”

The choir is “…is made up of singers from diverse backgrounds including a troupe of RNLI sea shanty singers from Somerset, a Northern Irish farming community group, an LGBTQ+ choir, a Gaelic choir from the Western Isles of Scotland, Hull’s NHS choir, and a refugee choir from Wales.” That description comes via The Telegraph’s coverage

Nicole Scherzinger, the former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, sang “Reflection” from the film Mulan.

Tiwa Savage, called the Queen of Afrobeats, did the aptly-titled “Keys to the Kingdom” from the 2019 Lion King soundtrack.

A historic collaboration involved five Royal patronages performing “Somewhere” from West Side Story. Representatives of The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal College of Music, and The Royal College of Art participated. Below, actors Mei Mac (left) and Ncuti Gatwa.

Lionel Richie performed.

From The Telegraph’s coverage

Lionel Richie asks: “Are you ready? Are you ready? It’s time, here we go! I want everybody – All Night Long, everybody!”

He leads the crowd in a singalong to the introduction of what is arguably his most famous song, joined by breakdancers on either side of the stage and an array of backing singers.

A video. 

The Duchess of Edinburgh dances to the music. 

Prince William delivered remarks. 

He spoke about his grandmother. 

As my grandmother said when she was crowned, coronations are a declarations of our hopes for the future, and I know she’s up there fondly keeping an eye on us. And she’d be a very proud mother.

And he addressed his father. 

Pa, we are all so proud of you. And I also want to express my pride and gratitude for the millions of people who serve, in the forces, in classrooms, hospital wards, in local communities. I wish I could mention you all. Your service inspires us and tonight we celebrate you too. I commit myself to serve you all. King, country, and Commonwealth. God save the King.

The speech made many of tomorrow’s front pages.

And from the BBC’s story

It was a tender and heartfelt message from William. There was an element of taking on the baton here too.

At last year’s Platinum Jubilee concert it was Charles who as Prince of Wales gave thanks to his mother. Now it was William as Prince of Wales who gave the vote of thanks, stepping into the role of heir.

Katy Perry got everyone moving. 

Princess Charlotte was singing along. 

Everyone was on their feet.

More from People’s story

Princess Charlotte was spotted singing along to Katy Perry’s performance of “Roar” as drones in the sky formed a lion — a key part of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coats of arms. The pop star wore a custom Vivienne Westwood gown for the show.

Perry, who attended the crowning at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, excitedly told the crowd that she brought her mom to the U.K. and that she was staying in Windsor Castle before performing “Firework,” dedicated to King Charles and his charity work.

Iconic British pop band Take That wrapped up the show. 

 The Wales family danced as the band performed its hit, “Shine.” 

There was a terrific light show for the finale.

The lighting and staging were spectacular throughout the concert. Below, drones create a whale above Windsor Castle.

It looked like the Wales family thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Below, Prince Goerge with a funny face.

Prince William had some fun with Princess Charlotte.

The Princess defended herself.

One more photo from the evening.
Now for a very quick look at what Kate wore. 

She was in the red Alexander McQueen separates first seen at the January “Shaping Us” launch.

She accessorized with the Van Cleef and Arpels Magic Alhambra Necklace with Six Motifs, first worn to the 2020 Bafta Awards and then seen again in November 2022 for a black tie reception in the Bahamas. (Shown below when first worn.)Kate Middleton Van Cleef Arpels ALhambra Necklace

It looked like the Princess also wore the matching earrings, shown below as worn on a previous occasion.

For those curious about what Princess Charlotte wore, she was in a Self Portrait Kids dress, with thanks to Daily Mail Fashion Finder and Middleton Maven.

The court circular notes the King and Queen hosted a reception before the concert, and the Prince and Princess of Wales hosted a reception at Windsor Castle after the concert, so perhaps we will see photos tomorrow from those events.

In case you missed the day’s first post about the Big Lunch in Windsor, you can read it here.



The BBC has a five-minute recap of the concert.


The Telegraph has the segment when stars addressed the King, including Tom Cruise. 

 The Coronation Choir’s performance.


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Saturday 10th of June 2023

Lady Louise looks beautiful in the one photo I see her in. As she typically does.


Friday 12th of May 2023

What a joy to see this elegant, gorgeous suit worn again! It’s edgy and high fashion but very professional, so it strikes the perfect balance for a nighttime concert Kate is attending in a professional capacity, and a rewear is a diplomatic gesture for anyone complaining about the cost of the coronation.

The Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry looks lovely here- the clean, modern lines really compliment the suit.

Additionally, to me, this sharp, beautifully tailored suit says that Kate has leveled up to Princess of Wales. She’s ascended, and this power suit says that. :-)


Thursday 11th of May 2023

The suit is certainly elegant, but for my taste, I prefer Kate in plums and blues rather than red. She does seem to like red a lot.


Monday 8th of May 2023

Lovely and Vibrant in Red! This outfit is truly stunning on Princess Catherine, and the color is such a GORGEOUS red! The Van Cleef and Arpels necklace and matching earrings go surprisingly well with the super bold red of the pantsuit. (I've also seen this set worn by the princess with a much softer look: with a pale blue gown. It's great that the set looks equally wonderful and stunning with both intense colors and very delicate ones).


Tuesday 9th of May 2023

@Susie Q, sure thing! I did a search of this Fabulous site under the term Caribbean, because that is where she wore the pale blue gown with this necklace and earring set! Link below (btw, I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner).

Susie Q

Monday 8th of May 2023

@Zell, I’m drawing a blank on her wearing this with a blue dress. Could you post a link? I do remember her wearing it with her floor length white Alexander McQueen gown with gold glitter trim and polka dot detailing, to the BAFTA awards at Royal Albert Hall in 2020.


Monday 8th of May 2023

What a fantastic evening everyone looks to have had, and in such an historic setting. It was wonderful to see the sun shine on the concertgoers.

I love Catherine's red McQueen separates for this, this suit was just made for a rock concert. It's typical of her to showcase something basically so classic, but with a subversive twist on the jacket at its asymmetric hem. The bootcut pants will have added a touch of femininity for evening. The Princess is comfortable, while remaining regal, and beautiful as ever.

I'm loving the offbeat Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra set, adding a hint of rock-chick vibe. And Charlotte's dress was also beautiful for the evening.

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