King's coronation to be shown on big screen in Princes Street Gardens

The ceremony, which is taking place at Westminster Abbey in London, is scheduled to begin at 11am.

Coronation of King Charles to be shown on big screen in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens City of Edinburgh Council

King Charles’ coronation will be screened against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle in Princes Street Gardens.

On Saturday, May 6, the free screening in West Princes Street Gardens will coincide with celebrations taking place across the country over the extended bank holiday weekend, which will mark the crowning of the King alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort.

The ceremony, which is taking place at Westminster Abbey in London, is scheduled to begin at 11am but access to the screening area will open from 10am. Entry is free and unticketed.

On Sunday May 7, the screen will remain in place and broadcast the coronation concert at Windsor Castle to spectators in the gardens. 

Residents in Edinburgh will also be invited to share their memories and record well wishes for the new sovereign from Tuesday May 2 in the online Book of Congratulations. 

Physical books will also be available at the City Chambers and Central Library from Tuesday May 2 until Tuesday May 9 from 10am until 5pm.

In his role as His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Robert Aldridge will be representing the City of Edinburgh at the proceedings in London.

He said: “The coronation of King Charles is a truly historic event and we’re proud to be joining in with screenings and services in towns and cities across the United Kingdom for those who wish to come together and celebrate the occasion.

“Watching the ceremony and celebrations on the big screen will be a great way for people to be involved and soak up the atmosphere of the extraordinary weekend.”

People are encouraged to bring their own picnics, however the Scott’s café will be open and can provide take-away food and beverages.

The screening will take place outdoors, it is advised those wishing to attend to plan ahead, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water. 

Toilet facilities will be available and there will be limited seats and extra litter bins will be in place but no BBQs will not be permitted.