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Coronation concert latest: TV viewing figures released after Katy Perry wows Windsor Castle

Lionel Richie and Paloma Faith among performers as Prince William pays tribute to his father and Queen Camilla

Prince William pays tribute to King Charles in touching coronation concert speech

The Prince of Wales paid a touching tribute to his father at an extravagant concert held to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation.

“Pa, we are all so proud of you,” said Prince William, before praising the King’s dedication to the crown, as well as his environmental and charity work.

The heir to the throne took to the stage in front of 20,000 people at Windsor Castle, ahead of a line-up of performers including Take That, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Paloma Faith, Andrea Bocelli, Sir Bryn Terfel, and Alexis Ffrench.

A medley of theatre, ballet, theatre and arts performances also took place, featuring newDoctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa in an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Festivities began at 8pm and lasted until just after 10pm, and were staged the East Lawn of the castle’s grounds, marking the first time an event like this has taken place on the property. Those not at Windsor Castle were able to watch the concert live on BBC One.

The TV viewing figures for the coronation concert have now been released.


“Please welcome to the stage, British pop royalty... Take That!”

Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:52

I’ve been told people are comparing Perry’s outfit to a Quality Street wrapper.

Toffee penny, perhaps?

Katy Perry at the coronation concert (BBC)
Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:45

Katy Perry comes on with a ROAR.

Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:43

Alan Titchmarsh now, paying homage to the monarch’s green thumb.

Here’s HRH “giving a tree a handshake”...

Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:42

More fun, for anyone who might have been looking away during the brief muppet invasion.

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog crash the coronation concert
Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:39

This got missed in the rat-a-tat influx of performers... Tom Cruise!

The Top Gun: Maverick star seems like he’s up to his old tricks.

Watch here:

Tom Cruise invites King Charles to be 'his wingman' in coronation concert skit
Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:33

Straight into Paloma Faith. They’re really rattling through procedings here. I guess when it’s a bill this crammed, you more or less have to.

Lots of nice images of the Lighting Up the Nation initiative. That’s what this bit’s about.

Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:32

Brief rendition of “God Save the King”, then an appearance from actor and occasional hair transplant spokesperson James Nesbitt.

Repping Northern Ireland, of course, with a nice little monologue.

“Let’s light up the nation like a smile.”

James Nesbitt (bbc)
Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:28

“Unlike Lionel, I won’t go on all night long...”

Prince William on stage now with the jokes. But he soon gets serious, with a nice mention of his late “proud mother”.

Pays tribute to his father for putting environmental issues first. And the Prince’s Trust, which has supported over a million young people, he says.

Looking quite emotional to be honest.

“Pa, we are all so proud of you.”

William at the coronation concert (BBC)
Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:25

A certain irony to the fact that Bocelli and Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, given its association with Liverpool football club.

The national anthem wasn’t given such a great reception when it was played at Anfield earlier in the weekend...

Louis Chilton7 May 2023 21:21

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