In September 2022, the UK got a new monarch and on Saturday 6 May, Charles III will be crowned king. This is very noticeable in the shops in London. There are merchandise in all forms, from classic mugs and t-shirts to headbands and cushions. Even vintage shops have been inspired by the coronation when styling their windows.
London is decorated with flags and royalists from all over the country are expected to visit the capital during the coronation weekend. Royal fans from other parts of the world are also expected, but even ordinary tourists have bought royal souvenirs. It is, after all, a historic event.
The coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May, but on Sunday 7 May it will be celebrated with street parties across the UK. Street parties have a long tradition with the British, when neighbours gather and celebrate with good food and drink. This is “ordinary” people’s way of celebrating big events. Many will probably choose to dress in red, white and blue or with clothes with the Union Jack on them.
Some will also gather in front of the TV to watch the coronation, and snacks will be needed. After all, a coronation is a rare event and you can treat yourself to a little extra luxury. The selection in the Selfridges food court is a bit more expensive than in a regular supermarket, but the quality is worthy of a king.