Coronation Celebrations in Western Isles

People of the Western Isles will have the opportunity to join in the celebrations to mark the Coronation of HM King Charles III and HM The Queen Consort with a number of various events and activities taking place throughout the Islands.

Local organisations are being encouraged to put any event or activity they are hosting on the Coronation map (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Iain Macaulay, Lord -Lieutenant said “The King has served our country with distinction as HRH Prince of Wales for over 60 years and we take this opportunity to celebrate this historic and joyous occasion. King Charles has visited the Western Isles on a number of occasions and the Coronation Youth Shinty match for the Lord of The Isles trophy (Duais Trith nan Eilean), which he donated in 1997, is particularly special and relevant.”

Comhairle Convener Kenny Macleod said “There are a range of events taking place to mark the King’s Coronation and I am sure people will take the opportunity to join in the local and national celebrations. King Charles is no stranger to the Western Isles having visited many times and we wish him the very best on this historic occasion and for the future.”

Volunteer Centre Western Isles Development Officer Bellann O’Brien said: “As part of the Coronation celebrations, we have been focusing on the Big Help Out theme, promoting the great volunteering work already carried out locally and encouraging new volunteers to come forward.”

Western Isles Coronation celebration plans are;

Monday 24 April to Monday 8th May
Volunteer Centre Western Isles will place a display on the "Big Help Out “ in Stornoway Library. Local organisations planning any events to mark the Big Help Out day are being encouraged to contact the Volunteer Centre with any information on their planned events that they would like added to this display.
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Saturday 29th April
Coronation Youth Shinty Match, 12 noon, Nicolson Rugby pitch, Stornoway. Playing for the Lord of The Isles Trophy (Duais Triath nan Eilean) donated in 1997 by then HRH Prince Charles (now King Charles III)

Friday 5th May
18:00 Union Flag raised in Castlebay, Balivanich, Tarbert and at Sandwick Road & Perceval Square in Stornoway.
Flag raising at Perceval Square will be performed by Comhairle Convener Kenny Macleod and Deputy Lieutenant Annie MacSween. The event will be supported by the Lewis & Harris Youth Pipe Band, Lewis & Harris Youth Brass Band and Armed Forces representatives and Veterans.

18:00 Town Hall lights switched on.

Saturday 6th May
Lord-Lieutenant attends the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey.
Colin Smith, (7SCOTS-C-CSM) on Coronation Parade duties in London.

Sunday 7th May
11:00 Ecumenical Coronation Service in St Columba’s (Old Parish) Church, Stornoway.
21:00 MG Alba broadcasting Cara a' Chrùin - Lieutenancy documentary programme.
Western Isles community representation at the Windsor Concert.

Monday 8th May
Volunteer Centre Western Isles will be holding a partnership event in Tarbert Community Centre. A celebration of community volunteering. 11am-2pm
There will be a small café and fun activities for all ages to take part in

Thursday 11th May
Volunteer Centre Western Isles, as part of the Big Help Out Volunteering Coronation theme, in partnership with Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (Western Isles), are holding a Human Library event at Stornoway Library. 11am-2pm

October - Planting of a tree in Stornoway to mark the Coronation of King Charles III