- By Christian Fuller
- BBC news
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh visited a street lunch in Surrey to celebrate the Coronation.
King Charles III was crowned alongside Queen Camilla on Saturday, marking the first coronation in 70 years.
More than 1,000 street parties and lunches were held across Kent, Sussex and Surrey on Sunday.
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie attended the Hearty Coronation Luncheon in Cranleigh, where the couple sampled the coronation chicken pie.
Hundreds of residents attended the event, along with representatives of the Royal British Legion, Scouts and Guides.
Meanwhile, the aptly named Fry Crescent in Burgess Hill got together for a ‘completely air-frying’ street party.
Resident Carol Scott said: “We’re known for the street parties here on Fry Crescent, but we usually grill the meat or grill the food we serve, so it’s a matter of creating a menu. Entirely rustling food in our new Tefal air fryer is a challenge we all enjoy.”
Aspiring bakers have also put their skills to the test creating custom cakes to celebrate the Coronation.
Catherine Davies, from Crowborough, East Sussex, owns a pastry shop and works as a teaching assistant in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
She created a three-layer crowned vanilla cake with lemon buttercream and elderflower flowers, which was a prize in a raffle.
She said the custom work, bearing the official insignia, took about two hours to make.
She said: “I think the badge on the top is very elegant and looks good in gold, matching the drip lines on the sides.
At a large coronation party in Canterbury, a woman in union uniform bowed when she met Archbishop Justin Welby.
“I did this really embarrassing thing,” Michelle Downer said. “I bowed to him.”
Regarding the Coronation, she added: “I’m not leaving TV.”
Large screens were set up in towns and cities across the region to show the ceremony – including in Brighton, Rochester, Canterbury and Ashford.
More than 200 spectators gathered to watch the Coronation on the big screen at Jubilee Square in Brighton, while at Canterbury Cathedral there was a ball, live screening and celebratory bells ringing.
At Rochester Castle, Brigadier General Peter Gilbert, 64, stood out from the crowd in military uniform.
Medway’s lieutenant, who joined the Territorial Army at the age of 17, said: “I have dedicated my life to serving Queen Elizabeth II, so I feel very grateful, right at the end of my career. career to have the opportunity to serve the King.
“Before I joined the armed services, I was a church choir, so the moment when they walked into the Abbey to the sound of (Sir Hubert) Parry’s I Was Glad was completely absurd. often.”
And even those who are said to be not huge fans of the Royal Family are having fun.
Joe Monahan, who traveled from Hull to visit family in Kent, said: “I’m not a royalist but I enjoyed the atmosphere.”
Mr Monahan, who was wrapped in a union shirt, added: “I quite like the pomp of it all – the goofy outfits, I love it.
“The gospel choir was great, I enjoyed watching them.”
Meanwhile, one-year-old Percival also caught the eye of the new king in Stockbury, Kent.