BBC Coronation concert TV lineup: who are presenters and commentators in coverage

BBC has confirmed its lineup of presenters and commentators for King Charles III’s coronation

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Kirsty Young and Hugh Bonneville will lead BBC’s coverage of the coronation concert tonight.

The monarch was enthroned during a ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 May. Camilla will also crowned as Queen during the same service.

Prior to the event, ITV and Sky News have announced that they will be broadcasting the coronation live and uninterrupted during the morning. The channels did not feature adbreaks until after 3pm on the day of the event.

BBC began its coverage of the coronation at 7.30am on Saturday, 6 May. The schedule was be the same across BBC One and Two during the event.

The next event will be the coronation concert on Sunday, 7 May, evening.

But who are the presenters and commentators? Here is all you need to know:

Who are the presenters for coronation concert?

Kirsty Young will be returning as a presenter and will be joined by Hugh Bonneville. Young will host within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Clara Amfo and Jordan Banjo will be backstage with the artists who will be performing during the concert.

BBC confirm full coronation presenting team

The Beeb announced its lineup of presenters and commentators for the event on 11 April. Deadline reports that it will be as follows:

  • Huw Edwards - who will provide commentary during the proceedings
  • Anita Rani - will be in the crowds
  • Clare Balding - will provide commentary on the ceremonial route
  • Kirsty Young - will lead coverage of the highlights
  • JJ Chalmers
  • Sophie Raworth
Huw Edwards does not speak with the South East of England accent common among newsreadersHuw Edwards does not speak with the South East of England accent common among newsreaders
Huw Edwards does not speak with the South East of England accent common among newsreaders

Radio presenters Mishal Hussain, Martha Kearney and James Naughtie will also be involved. Clara Amfo and Jordan Banjo will be part of the coverage team for the Coronation Concert on Sunday, 7 May.

David Olusoga and Robert Hardman will be providing analysis from the studio. Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, who presents documentaries for the BBC and writes for the Guardian. He also appeared in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary. Hardman is the Daily Telegraph’s royal correspondent, who also writes for the Daily Mail.

BBC Director General Tim Davie said: “The BBC is very proud to bring landmark events and major historical moments to audiences across the UK and beyond. We will be delivering the full glory of the Coronation with all the quality, ambition and excellence that our teams are globally renowned for.”

What is BBC One’s schedule for the coronation?

NationalWorld has a full breakdown of the TV coverage for the day of King Charles III’s coronation across all the major broadcasters. BBC will feature the following programming on 6 May:

  • 10.15am-1pm: The Coronation of HM the King - The Coronation (also on BBC Two)
  • 1pm-3pm: The Coronation of HM the King - The Celebration (also on BBC Two)
  • 5.15pm-6.15pm: Charles R: The Making of a Monarch
  • 7pm-8.30pm: The Coronation of HM the King: A Day to Remember

When is the coronation and what time does it start?

The service at Westminster Abbey will take place on Saturday, 6 May. The coronation will begin at 11amwith Charles and Camilla departing Buckingham Palace earlier in the morning.

The first procession will begin at 10.20am as the royal couple begin their journey to Westminster Abbey. The coronation service will come to an end at 1pm, it will be followed by a procession for the newly crowned monarchs.

They will travel in the Gold State Coach back to Buckingham Palace. The procession will last around 30 minutes as they are due to arrive at 1.30pm. The flypast is due around 2.30pm, the Royal Family will appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

Westminster Abbey has been the venue for 39 coronations of English and British monarchs since 1066. Elizabeth II was coronated at the site in 1953. Charles and Camilla will follow in her footsteps 70 years later at Westminster Abbey when they are coronated on 6 May.