This weekend we’ll see the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III alongside Her Majesty The Queen Consort – a historic event eagerly awaited by many in the UK and beyond.
Alongside official events planned for the weekend, to mark this momentous occasion, we thought we’d share some of our favourite ideas on how you can celebrate at home. Additionally, our friends at BORA have generously shared a mouth-watering, coronation-themed recipe fit for a royal banquet.
The coronation weekend is set to be a grand affair, with a series of events that the British monarchy has carefully planned.
The weekend’s festivities begin on Saturday, 6th May, where The King and Queen Consort will travel to Westminster Abbey to attend the Coronation ceremony. Although the ceremony will reflect the monarch’s role in today’s modern times, it will still include core elements that have been delivered in many ceremonies over the last thousand years.
After Their Majesties are crowned, there will be a grand parade known as ‘The Coronation Procession’ through the streets of London. The parade will culminate with The King and The Queen Consort, joined by other members of the Royal Family, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
On Sunday, 7th May, neighbourhoods and communities are invited to hold street parties and participate in The Big Lunch initiative, to celebrate the occasion. A special Coronation concert will also be aired on the BBC, live from Windsor Castle.
A Bank Holiday will occur on Monday, 8th May, two days after the official ceremony. Communities up and down the country will be participating in ‘The Big Help Out’. This event has been arranged to encourage people to volunteer, and lend a helping hand to anyone in need of support in their local area.
There’s still time to plan an unforgettable Coronation weekend at home. Below we’ve shared four of our favourite ways to commemorate this historic royal occasion.
Embrace Everything British With a Royal Garden Party
Garden parties are a fantastic way to bring friends and family together. If the British weather is on your side this weekend, decorate your space with colourful bunting, set out comfortable seating, scatter picnic blankets and style tables with quintessential English dinnerware. Afternoon tea with sparkling wine is always a treat! We also love to have a selection of teas, flavoured waters, plates of traditional savoury delights, and sweet treats for everyone to enjoy throughout the day.
Attend a Local Street Party
The nation has been encouraged to unite at this special time, so many communities are hosting street parties and fun activities to celebrate the Coronation. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbours and connect with your community. Check out local listings to see if any events are happening in your area.
Host a Dinner Party Feast Fit for a King
Hosting a regal feast is a perfect way to mark the occasion. Inspired by the official Coronation dish, test your baking skills with a royal-inspired quiche made with seasonal ingredients. For additional canapes, consider cooking beef Wellington bites, cheese scones, and coronation chicken pies paired with celebration salads.
Dress the table with sophisticated touches like crisp white linens, a selection of glassware, beautiful napkins, and fresh flowers to make your guests feel like royalty.
Why not get creative with the family this weekend and make some Coronation-themed crafts! You could create bunting, task the kids with designing a crown, put together a beautiful floral display or even make your own royal family tree.
An occasion like this is a fantastic excuse to cook up a storm in the kitchen! BORA Chef, Johann Lafer, has created a delicious quiche recipe for us to share. Served hot or cold, it’s a celebration of fresh ingredients and delicate flavours, perfect for picnics in the park or sophisticated dinner parties at home.
Preparation time: 40 min
Waiting time: 1 hr
Baking time: 45 min
For the Pastry
• 250 g flour
• Natural or sea salt
• 120 g low-fat quark
• 1 egg (size M)
• 120 g butter (room temp)
For the Topping
• 400 g yellow courgettes
• 400 g green courgettes
• 1.1 kg tomatoes
• 2 sprigs of thyme
• 2 sprigs of rosemary
• 50 g Parmesan (one piece)
• 3 eggs (size M)
• 150 g cream (or vegetable fat)
• Natural or sea salt
• Quiche tin (28 cm Ø)
• Butter for greasing
• Flour for lining
Mix the flour and ½ tsp salt in a mixing bowl then add the quark, egg and cubes of butter and knead to a smooth pastry in a food processor. Wrap the pastry in cling film and rest in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Wash the courgettes and tomatoes, remove the stems and thinly slice. Wash the thyme and rosemary and shake them dry then remove the leaves/needles and chop finely.
Finely grate the Parmesan then blend into a fine purée with the eggs, cream and 1 pinch each of salt and freshly grated nutmeg. Stir in half of the finely chopped herbs.
Grease the tin and sprinkle with flour. Roll out the pastry on a floured work sur- face to slightly larger than the tin then place it in the tin pressing the base and edges down firmly. Trim any excess pastry along the rim of the tin.
Arrange the courgettes and tomatoes on the pastry in the shape of a rosette. Pour the cream and egg mixture over the top and sprinkle with the rest of the herbs. Bake the quiche in your BORA X BO or conventional oven, keeping an eye on it until golden brown.
Remove the cooked quiche from the oven and serve while still hot.
Our showrooms will be open as usual on Saturday. We will be celebrating the day’s events by providing light refreshments and delicious afternoon tea treats. All showrooms will be closed on Sunday and on the Bank Holiday Monday.