Big screens will be put up around Britain to allow communities to watch the King’s Coronation together – with more than 30 locations already confirmed.
The public screens will be held across all four nations of the United Kingdom, with more set to be added over the next two months to encourage festivities on May 6.
Announcing the move today, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazier said the Coronation will be a ‘magical moment’ in the country’s history to showcase the ‘Best of Britain’.
More than £1million has been made available by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for the screens, although the sites in London are yet to be confirmed.
However there are confirmed screens at Cardiff Castle, Belfast City Hall, Piece Hall in Halifax, Jubilee Square in Brighton and Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens.
Other screens will be at Darlington Market Square, Millennium Square in Leeds, Bristol Cathedral, De Montfort University in Leicester and Dewsbury Library.
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort takes place at Westminster Abbey in London in 50 days’ time on May 6. It is the first such event for 70 years.
Ms Frazer said: ‘The Coronation will be a magical moment that brings people together to celebrate the best of Britain over a special weekend in May.
‘These big screens, in major locations in towns and cities in the four nations of the UK, will make it easier for everyone to take part and have a memorable experience to mark this exciting and historic event.’
The three-day celebratory weekend will see local authorities host events including cultural festivals, live music, community workshops, art showcases and creative games and competitions.
There will be a Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday, May 7 featuring ‘global music icons and contemporary stars’.
The concert broadcast live on BBC One and iPlayer with thousands of members of the public will be in the audience.
Iconic locations across Britain will also be lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
Across the weekend tens of thousands of Coronation ‘Big Lunches’ and street parties will be held in the UK and across the Commonwealth.
That day will be overseen and organised by the Big Lunch team at the Eden Project. The Queen Consort has been patron of the Big Lunch since 2013.
Big Lunches take place across the UK annually and last year they raised more than £22million for local charities.
And Monday, May 8 – a bank holiday – will see the Big Help Out take place across the UK, encouraging thousands of people volunteer to support causes they care about.
They will be able to pay tribute to the King’s service with organisations including the Scouts, Royal Voluntary Service, National Trust and RNLI.
The celebratory weekend for the Coronation will see local authorities host events including cultural festivals, live music, community workshops, art showcases and creative games and competitions.
The Government said funding for the screen sites has been offered to the mayoral combined authorities in England and the next top ten largest urban areas by population.
Funding has also been offered for locations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and further screen sites will be announced in due course.
The Government said each local authority could decide whether or not to put the funding towards one larger big screen site or a number of smaller screening sites.
Officials added that details of activities taking place alongside screenings will be announced by each local authority in due course – and some screening sites will also show the concert on May 7.
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort takes place at Westminster Abbey in London time on May 6. They are pictured together in February
Huge crowds watch the Queen’s funeral at Hyde Park in London in September last year
Earlier this month, the Government confirmed pubs, clubs and bars will be allowed to stay open into the early hours over the Coronation weekend.
Venues across England and Wales were told they would able to continue serving customers for an extra two hours between May 5 and May 7 to celebrate.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said she would extend licensing hours from the normal 11pm to 1am to allow people to ‘enjoy an extra pint or two’.
The move was backed by a leading body in the hospitality sector as well as 77 per cent of the public who took part in a month-long consultation.