Why there could be a second balcony appearance at King Charles’ coronation in ‘illuminating’ moment

There could be a second coronation balcony appearance if King Charles takes up the important role Queen Elizabeth once had…

Why a second coronation balcony appearance could be possible. Here King Charles is seen on the balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant
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There could potentially be a second coronation balcony appearance in May if King Charles has an “illuminating” moment.  


There’s nothing quite like seeing the immediate and extended Royal Family come together on the Buckingham Palace balcony and fans will soon be seeing another special appearance as King Charles’ coronation day draws nearer. His Majesty, Queen Consort Camilla and “other members of the Royal Family” will appear on the balcony on the coronation day, although it’s not known which relatives will be there.

And it might not be the only time we’re treated to this iconic moment over the bank holiday weekend. There could potentially be a second coronation balcony appearance that might follow in Queen Elizabeth’s footsteps… 

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

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The Royal Family website has previously shared intriguing details about Queen Elizabeth’s second balcony appearance in 1953. After appearing with her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony earlier in the day she went back onto it at 9:45pm for a very special reason. Queen Elizabeth performed a key role and turned on the “lights of London”. 

At this moment lights “cascaded” down the Mall, lit up the cipher on Admiralty Arch and made the Trafalgar Square fountains shine like “liquid silver”. The impressive display ended with all the floodlights from the National Gallery to the Tower of London illuminated. 

A crowd of people beneath illuminations on The Mall during the celebrations that followed the Coronation of Elizabeth II

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Last year during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Queen pressed a button to light the Principal Beacon at Buckingham Palace and there’ll be yet more illuminations for King Charles’ coronation too. 

It’s been confirmed by the Palace that the “centerpiece” of the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday May 7 will be “Lighting up the Nation”. This will see “iconic locations” across the UK being lit up with lasers, drone displays, projects and illuminations.

Unlike the “Lights of London”, the “Lighting up the Nation” display will take place the day after King Charles’ coronation ceremony and not later that same day.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon

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But it’s still possible that there could be a second coronation balcony appearance in May as King Charles could follow in Queen Elizabeth’s footsteps and ceremonially begin the illuminations from there. Currently, it’s not clear whether King Charles and Queen Camilla will be attending the concert in person. If he remains in London instead, then King Charles could perhaps start things from the balcony like Queen Elizabeth did as monarch.

Queen Elizabeth stands with Prince Charles to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace

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It would certainly be a high-profile appearance and Buckingham Palace is undoubtedly an “iconic” UK location that might potentially be one of those to be lit up. Of course, no second coronation balcony appearance over King Charles’ coronation weekend has been confirmed.

But plenty of fans would no doubt love to see him take to the balcony again like Queen Elizabeth did for her coronation and during her Jubilee weekend. Either way, it seems likely that we're in for impressive illuminations on the day of the concert mirroring the "lights of London" 70 years ago.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use , Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!