Wembley Park celebrated the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III in style over the weekend, with residents and visitors from the borough of Brent and beyond, coming together to welcome in the new monarch.
Huge Union Jack ceremonial banners lined Olympic Way – which has been temporarily renamed to its former name of ‘King’s Way’ for the month of May – with a giant screen showing the coronation processions and ceremony in front of Wembley Stadium.
A multi-cultural audience gathered early on Saturday 6th May as the free-to-attend street party unfolded despite the persistent rain. Many settled into deckchairs positioned in full view of the giant screen, while others explored the special family zone set up in the community-focused Samovar Space on ‘King’s Way’.
Children and adults alike were delighted by royally themed stilt walkers, balloon artists, magician Dan Alexander, face painters and other entertainers. Giant Jenga and other plus-size board games were also popular with families enjoying the neighbourhood-wide Coronation Celebration.
The Photo Booth featuring a life-size cut-out of King Charles III proved particularly popular with those wanting an extra-special picture to remember the day!
Attendees at the Coronation Celebration also enjoyed a range of culinary delights, thanks to a pop-up food market from Shoreditch-based Urban Food Fest. Mr Bombay, Pizza Post, Bolland and Crust, Colombo Street and Lil Watan served up everything from fragrant curries to vegan burgers. Galeta Bakery and Dolly Sticks were available to keep those with a sweet tooth happy, along with the local Bread Ahead, which kept visitors well stocked with its famous doughnuts.
Revellers were also able to experience, for the first time at Wembley Park, the Mercedes AMG F1 Simulation Experience.
As seen at the most prestigious events including the Barcelona Motorshow, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Paris and Amsterdam Motorshows, this four-minute experience, virtually featuring seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, took guests on two high-speed test laps of the Bahrain circuit.
James Greenhough, Head of Events at Wembley Park said: We’re delighted that so many chose to spend this memorable day in the neighbourhood and experience the host of free entertainment. The Wembley Park Coronation Celebration was such a wonderful way to bring the community together and officially welcome our new monarch.”