Rishi Sunak Hosts Lunch To Celebrate King Charles Coronation

Even after the official coronation ceremonies for King Charles III ended on May 6, 2023, the celebrations continued. As part of the long weekend celebrating the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty hosted a Coronation Big Lunch at Downing Street in London on Sunday for community heroes. 

Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, and British Sikh entrepreneur Navjot Singh Sawhney were among those invited. Sawhney received the UK Prime Minister's Points of Light Award earlier this year for his environmentally friendly hand-cranked Washing Machine Project, which helps more than 1,000 families in developing nations and refugee camps who lack access to an electric washer and dryer. Attending the lunch were also Ukrainians who had to leave their war-torn nation because of its confrontation with Russia. 

The delectable spread included a variety of cupcakes, cakes, sandwiches, and tarts that were kept in the frame. In the tweet shared by Rishi Sunak, he wrote, "Brilliant afternoon welcoming some incredible community heroes to Downing Street for our very own Coronation lunch. The rain stayed away, the cakes were delicious and even Nova was on her best behaviour. From our street to yours, hope you are enjoying a great day”. 

The celebration of the Coronation at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday included an estimated 50,000 Big Lunches or street parties across the country, as well as a night concert at Windsor Castle featuring Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and the boy band Take That from the 1990s. 

Charles urged locals to participate in voluntary work on Monday as it was a holiday. The British Indian leader created history during the Coronation ceremony on Saturday when, in his role as the head of state of the host country, he read a chapter from the Bible at the Abbey. 

Along with the lunch celebrations, thousands of soldiers also marched through Glasgow's city centre on Sunday to mark the coronation.