The coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla is set to be a major event in the UK, but the news that some British celebrities declined to perform at the ceremony surprised many.
Buckingham Palace recently confirmed that Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will lead the Coronation Concert on May 7, one day after the Westminster Abbey ceremony. However, it took some time to finalize the list of musical performers for the event.
One of the stars who declined to perform was Sir Elton John, a longtime friend of the royal family. He had to say no due to scheduling conflicts, according to Rolling Stone.
The Spice Girls, Adele, Harry Styles, and Robbie Williams also reportedly declined invitations to perform.
Despite the absence of some big names, the Coronation Concert promises to be a memorable event. Alongside Perry and Richie, the show will feature performances by Andrea Bocelli, Sir Bryn Terfel, Take That, Freya Ridings, and Alexis Ffrench.
Perry and Richie both have prior relationships with King Charles. In 2020, Perry was appointed as an ambassador of The British Asian Trust, a charity co-founded by the then-Prince Charles. Meanwhile, Richie became the first global ambassador for The Prince's Trust in 2019.
While some may be disappointed that certain celebrities won't be performing at the coronation, there is no doubt that those who do take the stage will put on a great show.
With a lineup that includes some of the biggest names in music, the Coronation Concert is sure to be a highlight of the three-day event and a fitting tribute to the new king and queen consort.
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