There is a once in 70 years’ special celebration on May 6th 2023

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Coronation afternoon tea

Astonishingly there has not been a Coronation in the UK for seventy years. Something of a fairy story; a beautiful princess became Queen Elizabeth II and worked tirelessly to serve her country and Commonwealth. She was an ambassador on a global scale. The King has an awesome role model for inspiration. There will be much pomp and ceremony. Underlying the ritual is a commitment to serve the country. Noblesse Oblige. Not forgetting that celebratory concert on Sunday 7th May: serious fun.

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There is much to do and see. Find just a selection below.

His & Hers will be in Liverpool on Saturday to join in the celebrations. Rumour has it that there will be street parties, Saturday and Sunday, in Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire and very likely throughout the realm.

There is a live screening of the Coronation at the Eurovision Village, Pier Head. This is a free and public event. It is also a chance to take in all the preparations and events scheduled for Eurovision.

There is a Coronation Concert on Sunday 7th May. Big screens will be available in public places across the UK, an opportunity to join together with your local community and celebrate. The Concert is also a free and public event.

Take That, Paloma Faith, Steve Winwood and Olly Murs are performing at Windsor Castle. American superstars have been booked for the occasion including Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger.

The remaining members of Take That – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will be performing their first live show in four years. Barlow organised the Diamond Jubilee concert for the late Queen and performed at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. Britain’s original boyband certainly have the charisma and charm to wow on such an special occasion.

Royal Lancaster Hotel, London

There will be cocktails a plenty in all corners of the country. Some have been specially created. The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London is a beautiful hotel, that His & Hers has stayed in on occasion. Now there is another reason to pay a visit: they have created a cocktail named The Monarch, at the price of £18.  The ingredients include Cambridge gin, Darjeeling tea infused Noilly Prat and it is garnished with golden leaves in Royal fashion.

Crafted specifically for the Coronation of King Charles, this exquisite cocktail features his favourite drink, the classic martini, with a royal twist. Our expert mixologists have infused the vermouth with the finest Darjeeling tea, known for its delicate and floral aroma and being his majesty’s favourite tea. Sip on the smooth and perfectly balanced blend of gin, tea-infused vermouth, and a touch of lemon for a unique flavour profile fit for royalty.

The Royal Lancaster, London has introduced a new and totally spoiling royal themed afternoon tea. Passed down through the centuries, this popular institution has been reimagined and presented with a truly royal touch by the hotel’s unique and talented team. Afternoon tea makes for the perfect chance to celebrate a special occasion.

Coronation Afternoon Tea & Vegan Afternoon Tea (28th April – 9th May 2023) | £39 Wednesday to Friday | £45 Saturday & Sunday – Add a glass of fizz from £11 per person.

Queen Mary 2

The Queen Mary 2 has arrived in Liverpool. Guests will be able to enjoy Coronation celebrations on board, as well as a port call in Cunard’s “spiritual home” of Liverpool.

The Queen Mary 2 was in Liverpool in 2015 when many thousands came to see her and her sister ships Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth for Cunard’s 175th anniversary. The  QM2 has had a full re-fit and offers dining options, swimming pools, a theatre and the first planetarium at sea.

Mallory Court Hotel

Join Mallory Court Hotel & Spa in celebrating the King’s Coronation for an afternoon tea with a royal twist! Enjoy a glass of fizz or ‘Royal Cocktail’, sandwiches and fancies, finishing with crumpets and tea. Leave with a takeaway box of tea and chocolates to enjoy at home.

Libraries in the North West region have special events scheduled for the Coronation weekend. Eastham Library are presenting Coronation Story Time. The National Museums Liverpool are well worth a visit. 

The Royal Albert Dock has much to offer. The Floating World has a companion piece, to be found on Hartley Quay. Two sculptured (of twelve arriving in Liverpool) Soloveiko Songbirds symbols of song and happiness will be part of a tribute to Ukraine.

Zizzi has some sizzling specials to celebrate the Coronation. Consider asparagus, pancetta & Mascarpone Girasoli. These are sunflower-shaped pasta parcels filled with asparagus and mascarpone, in a pancetta, pea, pecorino & sundried tomato sauce. The creation is topped with crispy prosciutto, rocket, and shaved Riserva cheese.

National Museums Liverpool

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