Rt Hon Greg Hands MP for Chelsea and Fulham reporting back
Greg Hands MP & Councillor Gerard Hargreaves at the Coronation lunch
May 15, 2023
I hope you are well.
It was an honour and a privilege to attend The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 May 2023. As many of you will have seen, the ceremony was an extraordinary expression of Britain’s culture, traditions, and history. The spectacular parade by our armed forces was the largest in 70 years and displayed amazing precision and professionalism.
It was an incredible weekend to celebrate the Coronation in Chelsea and Fulham. I had a wonderful time with residents, and attended 14 Coronation street parties, 2 Coronation church services, 1 huge Coronation lunch and was thrilled to watch the Chelsea Pensioners parade and, of course, the 160 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels parade down the King’s Road!
I started off the Coronation weekend celebrations at the Friends of Brompton Cemetery Party, where I have been a member for 20 years. There was a hearty rendition of God Save The King, and a great-looking cake.
Next stop was the Chelsea Pensioners parade on the King’s Road, and it was great to see a huge turnout. I spent some time on the King’s Road where a great street party was going on, and I saw the parade of 160 King Charles Spaniels.
I attended an amazing Coronation service at All Saints Fulham on Sunday morning. There was something for everyone: Zadok the Priest; sermon by Revd George Meyrick reflecting on Bishop Graham Tomlin’s works on service and obedience; Jerusalem and the National Anthem! Thank you to Vicar Penny Seabrook and the top choir.
I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent Coronation street parties across Chelsea and Fulham, in Edenhurst Avenue, Napier Avenue, St Dionis Road, Harbledown & Elmstone Roads in Fulham, Park Walk, Mallord Street, Christchurch Terrace, Paradise Walk, Margaretta Terrace, the World’s End Estate, Lennox Gardens and Sydney Street in Chelsea.
There was an amazing event at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, through the Kensington and Chelsea Forum, which brought pensioners and the disabled into the Coronation atmosphere. A huge thank you to Baroness Borwick, and all the Councillors who did an incredible job organising this event. A special mention has to go to the giant Chelsea Bun courtesy of Partridges located on Duke of York Square – it is one of the world’s largest Chelsea Buns!
It was an honour to read a lesson at Sloane Church on Sunday evening for a superb Coronation service. The service had it all: sermon from The Revd. Yaroslav Sky Walker on the role of the Coronation spoon; I Vow to Thee My Country, Jerusalem and the National Anthem.
I hope that all residents had a fantastic weekend, and I would like to thank everyone who got involved and organised these magnificent events!
It was an incredible Coronation weekend in Chelsea & Fulham, which will be remembered for many years to come.
Joining so many residents across the constituency celebrating the The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla was wonderful and made me very honoured to represent you as your local Member of Parliament.
A huge thank you to everyone who invited me to join their celebrations – I had a wonderful time with residents across Chelsea & Fulham.
God Save The King!
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham
P.S. What an incredible Coronation weekend in Chelsea & Fulham which will be remembered for many years to come!
You can follow Greg on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for @GregHands
Value Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.