Royal bunting and Paddington Bears pop up as Coronation fever hits

Coronation fever sweeps the UK! Royal bunting, flags, knitting and Paddington Bears pop up across the country with just days to go until King Charles’s big day

  • Britons across the UK are preparing for the Coronation taking place on May 6
  • How are YOU getting ready for the coronation? Send pictures of your parties, preparation and decorations to [email protected]
  • Read more: Preparations for King Charles III’s coronation at Westminster Abbey  

Coronation fever has swept across the UK, with bunting, flags and Paddington Bears popping up all over the country, with just days to go until the historic day.

King Charles’s coronation will take place on Saturday May 6 with the public being gifted a bank holiday to ring in the new reign.

It is set to be a weekend full of celebrations, with more than a million Britons expected to take part in street parties, with some traditional tea parties already taking place.

From London and Pembrokeshire to North Yorkshire and East Sussex bustling communities are preparing for the big day, with all sorts of decorations being put in place.

Villagers in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, spent four months knitting a life-style King Charles that has since been placed on a nearby green.

How are YOU getting ready for the coronation? Send pictures of your parties, preparation and decorations to [email protected] 

As Coronation fever gets underway in the UK, villagers in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, have created a life-size King Charles out of wool 

Schools are starting their Coronation celebrations. At Thatto Heath Primary school in St Helens, Merseyside, primary school pupils have set up a table dedicated to King Charles 

In Lewes, East Sussex, a Coronation tea party was held for senior citizens in the area. 

It took hundreds of hours to create the 7ft statue and used more than 100 balls of wool.

Sitting alongside the creation is a wheelbarrow, flowers and wellies, in a nod to the King’s love of gardening.

Anita Armitt, who created in the Yarn Bomber group in Holmes Chapel during the pandemic, told Cheshire Live: ‘We decided to try to do something in the community to cheer it up, to put a smile on people’s faces as they walked past.

‘The King really likes the environment. We know that he likes environmental things and gardening and so let’s give him a garden.

‘It’s something for people to look at and enjoy even if they’re not particularly royalist’

At Legoland, model maker Daniel Anderson and Paul Laughton created a tiny replica of Buckingham Palace with a model King Charles and Queen Camilla stood on the balcony.

The creation, which includes a gold carriage and other members of the royal family, used 32,000 Lego pieces over all.

Mr Laughton, the chief model maker at Legoland Windsor: ‘We had six model makers building and it took about 32,000 Lego pieces overall.

‘The bit we are most proud of is really the concert area because there is a lot of detail and to build violins and flutes is quite a task.’

Yarn bombing has taken place in the village of Haydock, Merseyside, with post boxes being covered in crotcheted toppers, celebrating the Coronation 

At Legoland Windsor Resort, model marker Daniel Anderson, has helped build a mini Buckingham Palace. The creation, which includes a gold carriage and other members of the royal family sitting on the balcony, used 32,000 Lego pieces over all

In Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, yarn bombing has also taken place. One creation included a knitted fence cover of the King 

In Windsor, Berkshire, one souvenir shop is preparing for the big day, selling masks of the Prince and Princess of Wales as part of their array of Royal-themed merchandise  

Tiny models of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children were seen in the royal box.

Elsewhere, yarn-bombing has taken place by stealth, with post boxes, bollards and fences being covered in woollen creations to celebrate the monarch.

In the village of Haydock, in Merseyside, one post-box topper with a purple crown on top, has been set up, while another shows a King and a castle.

In Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, a comical knitting of Prince Charles has been stuck on top of a bollard in the town.

Back in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, a Coronation Crown Topper, has gone missing, with locals on the hunt to return it to the post-box it once sat upon.

Back in the capital, Union Jack flags have been placed above Regent Street as the countdown to the big day begins 

In Thirsk, North Yorkshire, two large knitted statues of King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort have been installed 

One bollard in Pembrokeshire, Wales, has been dressed up to look like a comical cartoon-version of the King 

In Windsor, A.P Souvenirs and Gifts flies a large flag of King Charles to celebrate his Coronation 

On the Aylesbury Yarn Bomber Facebook page, a post read: ‘We’d like it back if you spot it anywhere. It is not a toy- the items have sharp wire and wooden sticks in it and is for display purposes only.

Councils have been busy installing red, white and blue bunting across their towns, while locals have put up photos of the King, as well as prepping for different events.

In Lewes, East Sussex, the council held a Coronation tea party for older members of the community.

More than 150 senior citizens joined in the celebration on Wednesday where they listened to live renditions of Land of Hope and Glory and Auld Lang Syne, and snacked on cakes and sandwiches. 

Back in the capital, souvenir shops have been covered in union jacks, pictures of the new King and bunting, preparing for the big day, which will attract tourists from home and abroad to London. 

The coronation will be the first in Britain for over half a century, since the late Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new King and Queen as they travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, where the coronation will take place at 11am.

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