Residents across Hounslow joined celebrations to mark the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
Published: Friday, 12th May 2023
Last weekend (6-8 May), the borough came together in full royal style to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
The historic event was off to a jet start with a ‘royal welcome’ mural painted in Thornbury Park, Isleworth.
British Airways in partnership with VisitBritain gave visitors and residents alike a gigantic royal welcome to start the celebratory spirits of the Coronation of Their Majesties.
To help residents come together and celebrate the Coronation, the Council waived all road closure fees and awarded £40,755 to 69 groups to hold street parties and community events in celebration of the King’s Coronation. This included 37 street parties and 32 community events, three of which were volunteering events.
Residents across the borough came together to share fun, food and friendship and many volunteered to give communities a weekend of special events – a huge thank you to everyone.
From Bedfont to Chiswick there was a host of activities and entertainment for all communities and age groups - live music, cake bake-offs, magicians, arts and crafts, choirs, bouncy castles and much more. Including a series of free activities for families at libraries and schools across the borough with Isleworth Town Primary featuring on Sky News.
Hounslow residents who became British Citizens were given a special King Charles III citizenship ceremony followed by an English themed refreshments and each delegate was given a special Coronation pen.
The Council’s headquarters, Hounslow House, was illuminated with red and blue lights to mark the landmark event throughout the weekend.
The Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat and the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Raghwinder Siddhu enjoyed visiting some of the borough’s street parties and community events as neighbours celebrated together. They were joined by other dignitaries like Deputy Lieutenant for Hounslow, Rosi Prescott, Brentford & Isleworth MP, Ruth Cadbury and Feltham & Heston MP, Seema Malhotra MP as well as Cabinet Members and Ward Councillors for Hounslow.
With the special weekend coming to an end with volunteering opportunities to lend a helping hand as part of the Big Help Out on Monday, 8 May - the borough showcased its passion and spirit for making a difference to their local area and communities. A royal hats off to Hounslow volunteers who dedicate their time for the benefit of others and the environment – not just during the Coronation but throughout the year.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat said:
“Residents of the borough came together to mark this historic occasion in true Hounslow style - there really was an incredible atmosphere.
“I’m very proud to have seen so many neighbours, friends and families celebrating friendships and making new ones, while enjoying community events hosted by so many groups and individuals right across the borough.
“The Coronation weekend was a testament to the incredible people and places of Hounslow. Along with my fellow councillors and everyone at Hounslow Council we hope residents enjoyed the historic weekend and everyone had the opportunity to spend time with their neighbours and loved ones.
“I would like to thank those you hosted events, volunteers who made the weekend a great success, council staff who helped support events and everyone who came out to join in on the royal celebrations”.
The council photographed as many events as possible and thanks to everyone who shared their snaps of the Coronation weekend. View the footage of some of the community events in Hounslow on the Council’s YouTube channel.
The celebrations aren’t over just yet! There are still ways residents can stay in the party spirit with Coronation events taking place later this month and in June. More information is available on the Council’s website here, https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronation