Katy Perry, Andrea Bocelli and lionel ritchie will headline the concert for the coronation of Charles III in London in May, in an event that surprisingly will not have the presence of renowned British interpreters.
As officially announced by the BBCthe eclectic show will also include the band Take That and the classical music composer Alexis Ffrench, for a scheduled audience of 20 thousand people at Windsor Castleabout 40 km west of London, the day after the coronation on May 6.
“The concert will celebrate a new chapter in the nation’s history, with themes of love, respect and optimism, celebrating the four nations, their communities and the Commonwealth,” said the BBC, which will broadcast the event.
A choir made up of fans from different communities, including lifeguards, taxi drivers and reggae bands, as well as a virtual choir made up of representatives of the Commonwealth, an alliance of nations made up mainly of former British colonies.
The announcement of the program confirms press reports according to which great British superstars such as Elton John, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles declined to participate.
Last year, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II, they performed at Buckingham Palace from queen with Adam Lambert to Duran Duran, through Alicia Keys and Rod Stewart. Elton John recorded a tribute.
Tension in Great Britain: inflation and social crisis
The coronation of Carlos III, the first event of its kind since Elizabeth’s in 1953, does not seem to excite the British at the moment.
More concerned now about extremely high inflation that caused a serious social crisis, The country already experienced the jubilee of Elizabeth II last June and her funeral in September.
According to a survey of YouGov published on friday, almost two thirds of Britons (64%) and 75% of young people are not interestedbut 46% believe that they will watch the broadcast or attend one of the planned celebrations.
The coronation proper, on May 6, will be held in Westminster Abbey before 2,000 guests and it is expected to last one hour, in a more modest format than that of Elizabeth II (8,000 guests and three hours).
Numerous crowned heads and foreign leaders will attend, but the US president Joe Biden will be represented by his wife Jill, and prince henrythe youngest son of Carlos III at odds with the royal family, will attend without his wife Meghan Markle.