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How to watch King Charles III’s Coronation this week

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King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at a official Royal Event
The King and Queen will be crowned at a ceremony at Westminster Abbey on May 6

Charles III will be crowned King, alongside the Queen Consort, on Saturday May 6 by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Only a feel people received an invitation, with even the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, being snubbed from Westminster Abbey guest list.

But there will be plenty of opportunity to watch the historic event from the comfort of your sofa, be it in the UK or overseas.

The BBC, ITV and Sky will broadcast live from the ceremony, while US broadcasters CNN, CBS and Fox News will also be covering the event from the Abbey.

Here is how broadcasters will be covering the Coronation of King Charles III this weekend.

BBC

The Coronation on Saturday 6 May will be the centrepiece of live coverage with ceremonial events including the Westminster Abbey service broadcast across the BBC. The British Broadcaster has waived its licensing fee to allow venues such as village halls and churches to screen the live coronation ceremony coverage on May 6 and the coronation concert on May 7 without having to purchase a TV licence.

A live broadcast will cover all of the ceremonial events as they unfold throughout the day, from the early military movements to the formal processions in the lead up to the Westminster Abbey service.

You can watch coverage of The Coronation of King Charles III on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from 7.30am on Saturday 6 May 2023.

Coverage begins with ‘The Coronation of HM The King: The Preparation’ and is followed by coverage of ‘The Coronation of HM The King: The Coronation’ from 10.15am. ‘The Coronation of HM The King: The Celebration’ will air from 1pm. These programmes will be broadcast on both BBC One and BBC Two with sign language available on BBC Two.

The BBC will provide an extensive network of cameras to give audiences a front row seat on the ceremonial route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. Bespoke commentary, starting with the atmosphere on the streets of London as the street-liners take position, will set the scene for the departure of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort from Buckingham Palace.

ITV

A special programme, ‘News King Charles III: The Coronation’ will be broadcast live from 8.30am to 3pm on Saturday 6th May giving viewers on ITV1 and ITVX a close up view of all the events of Coronation Day. Presenters Julie Etchingham and Tom Bradby will guide viewers through a day of pageantry and celebration. The ITV team including Mary Nightingale, Nina Hossain, Charlene White and James Mates will be at the key locations ensuring viewers don’t miss a moment during six and a half hours of live, uninterrupted coverage.

The major live event programme produced by ITV News will be the centrepiece of a week of special ITV coverage.

Sky

On Sky News, which is available via Freeview channel 233, Sky channel 501, Virgin 603 and BT 313, coronation day coverage will kick off at 6am on Saturday 6 May.

Journalist Kay Burley will be live from Westminster Abbey as the troops who will take part in the coronation start to take up their positions and from 9am, Anna Botting will be live from Buckingham Palace in the build-up to the ceremony, including the procession to Westminster Abbey.

The ceremony will officially start at 11am, followed by the procession back to Buckingham Palace which begins at around 1pm.

The Royal Family are expected on the palace balcony in the early afternoon for the fly-past, which will be broadcast live.

Also on Saturday, Sky presenter Mark Austin will reflect on the proceedings from Buckingham Palace between 5-8pm, followed by Gillian Joseph taking a look at highlights of the Coronation of Charles III and how the day was marked around the country from 8pm.

Sky coverage will wrap up with a special King Charles III Coronation highlights hour between 9-10pm. During its Saturday coverage of the Coronation the broadcaster will remove ad breaks between 9am-3pm on Sky News.

You can also stream for free on the Sky News website or app and on the Sky News YouTube channel.

How to watch the King Charles Coronation from outside the UK

For those outside the UK will be able to watch the Coronation of King Charles III on the BBC News channel, or listen on the BBC World Service. Major American networks will also be in town to broadcast the event live.

Fox News

Fox News’ live coverage of King Charles III’s coronation will start Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, and be led by anchor and executive editor of The Story, Martha MacCallum, alongside Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt and Fox Nation’s Piers Morgan.

Broadcasting from the Canada Gate at Buckingham Palace, the network’s live coverage will showcase the coronation ceremony as the Church of England formally transfers the title and power to King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla.

ABC

ABC News will present special coverage of the historic coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 5 a.m. EDT on ABC and streaming live on ABC News Live.

ABC News Digital and GMA Digital will have coverage throughout the week, leading up to the coronation, including a live blog, wall-to-wall coverage of the big events, royal family moments, and the fashion from the historic day.

CBS News

Coverage on CBS will begin Saturday, May 6 at at 5 a.m. ET and run until 10 a.m. ET.

CBS Saturday Morning co-hosts Michelle Miller, Dana Jacobson and Jeff Glor will co-anchor coronation coverage from London on the CBS Television Network, CBS News Streaming Network, and streaming on Paramount+.

CNN

The Coronation of King Charles III airs Saturday, May 6 from 5 a.m. ET – Noon ET on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español.

Anchor Anderson Cooper will lead a special live coverage of The Coronation of King Charles III on Saturday, May 6 beginning at 5 a.m. ET outside Buckingham Palace with analysis and reporting from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and London-based journalist Max Foster.

The Coronation of King Charles III will also be available online on CNN.com and via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNN apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV.

King Charles III, 74, automatically took the throne following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September 2022. He also acts as head of state in 14 realms – including Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Canada and Jamaica. 

The Coronation will start at 11am in the UK, which is 8pm AEST.

The last coronation in the United Kingdom was that of Queen Elizabeth II, which took place on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey in London. Although Coronations have been held at Westminster Abbey for 900 years, Elizabeth II’s ceremony was a historic event also for being the first ever to be televised – a broadcast that was watched by 27 million people in the UK alone, and many more millions of people worldwide.

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Cannes opens with French comedy and honorary award for Meryl Streep

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Meryl Streep receives a honorary Palme D’Or from Juliette Binoche | Photo: Andrea Rentz

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival officially opened last night with Quentin Dupieux’s Le Deuxième Acte (The Second Act), and an honorary Palme d’Or awarded to American actress Meryl Streep.

Presented Out of Competition as a world premiere on the Croisette last night, May 14, this four-part comedy was also released in all French cinemas on the same day. The film stars Lea Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel and Raphaël Quenard playing squabbling actors filming a movie produced and directed by artificial intelligence.

The opening ceremony of the 77th Festival de Cannes, hosted at the  Grand Théâtre Lumière, also had American actress Meryl Streep as a guest of honour.

Streep received the Festival’s Honorary Palme d’or, 35 years after winning the Best Actress award for Evil Angels, her only appearance in Cannes until last night.

“My mother, who is usually right about everything, said to me: ’Meryl, my darling, you’ll see. It all goes so fast. So fast,″ added Streep. “And it has, and it does. Except for my speech, which is too long,” said the three time Oscar award-winning actress.

Last year French Film director Justine Triet won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or for her murder mystery film “Anatomy of a Fall” becoming the third female filmmaker ever to win the prize, which was first awarded in 1955. 

The 77th Cannes Film Festival is set to run until May 25th, when the Palme d’Or winners will be revealed, 2024.

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Exhibition in Madrid reveals science and technology behind Pixar’s films

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The Science Behind Pixar can be seen at CaixaForum Madrid until 8 September.

CaixaForum Madrid is currently hosting The Science Behind Pixar exhibition, created by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. The exhibition is divided into eight sections, corresponding to the steps in the process Pixar uses to transform an idea into a film. With specific examples from some of their most famous films, the public will be able to experiment with the techniques behind the modelling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering of animated films.

This is the third collaboration between the ”la Caixa” Foundation and Pixar Studios. In 2015, Pixar: 25 Years of Animation, represented a thorough review of this pioneering company’s work in computer animation in its 25 years of history. Subsequently, Pixar, Building Characters (which has travelled to five CaixaForums since 2020) focused on the visual design of the Pixar characters to best transmit the story and fit in with the other elements of the film. Now, the eight sections of The Science Behind Pixar will give visitors an insight into every stage of the technical process used by Pixar’s artists and computer scientists

The aim of the new exhibition is to peel away, layer by layer and in a way that is attractive for all audiences, the scientific, computer and mathematical concepts that lie behind our favourite Pixar characters. To do this, the exhibition is organised into eight sections, each of which explains in depth one specific step of Pixar’s technical process: Modelling, which allows characters to be created in 3D; Rigging, in which the virtual bones, muscles and joints are developed; design of Surfaces and Sets; Animation, which brings the story to life; Simulation, which provides automated movements; Lighting, which enhances the emotional impact, and Rendering, which turns 3D scenes into 2D images.

Throughout 815 square metres in CaixaForum Madrid, visitors will learn about all these steps that Pixar pays passionate attention to in order to bring its worlds and characters to life. Dozens of interactive and audiovisual elements will reveal what is hidden behind Pixar films, from the first-ever computer-animated feature film – Toy Story – which opened over two decades ago, to the release of Turning Red.

To better understand the science and maths that go into creating the worlds and characters of Pixar’s films, visitors will see audiovisuals and hear first-hand from members of the studios’ production teams. They will also be invited to experience different roles within the production pipeline, through screen-based activities and physical interactive elements.

In the Sets & Cameras section, for example, visitors will discover how camera placement and angles created a bug’s-eye view for A Bug’s Life; in Modelling, they will try their hand at creating a digital sculpture from an artist’s sketch and in Lighting they will use lights to solve challenges similar to ones Pixar faced in creating underwater scenes with virtual light in Finding Nemo. The exhibition route also includes human-size recreations of many Pixar film characters, such as Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story), Dory (Finding Nemo), Mike and Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Edna Mode (The Incredibles) and WALL·E (from the film of the same name).

Throughout the months that the exhibition will remain at CaixaForum Madrid, the ”la Caixa” Foundation will be offering various activities to bring the art and science of Pixar closer to all audiences. In addition, the general public can take a guided tour and families can choose between the family tour and the animated stories workshop-tour, where visitors can make a short, animated clip to understand all the phases of the creative process after visiting the exhibition.

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Switzerland wins Eurovision song contest with non-binary singer

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Singer Nemo performed ‘The Code’ for Switzerland | Photo: Alma Bengtsson

After the very last set of scores had come in, The Code, performed by rapper Neno, was announced as the clear champion of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with a points tally of 591 and a lead of 44 points. 

Croatia finished in second place with Rim Tim Tagi Dim by Baby Lasagna on 547 points. The other spot on the podium finish went to Ukraine, ending up in third place thanks to alyona alyona & Jerry Heil with their song Teresa & Maria, on 453 points.

Scores on the night were awarded in two stages, as is traditional at the Eurovision Song Contest. The first results to come in were from the juries, followed by the reveal of the public vote.

Once the initial points from 37 juries had come in, Switzerland already had secured the lead on the scoreboard with 365 points.

Nemo is the first nonbinary artist to win Eurovision.

“I’m mostly just really grateful for this experience and all the friends I’ve made along the way. This was one of the most queer representations we’ve seen at Eurovision which was amazing, I want to shout out all the other queer artists this year,” said the artist who was born in Biel, a small bilingual town in Switzerland.

Nemo’s triumph in Malmö is Switzerland’s third win at the Eurovision Song Contest to date, following victory by Lys Assia in 1956 and Céline Dion in 1988.

Switzerland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, winning the very first edition of the competition, which it also hosted. 

It has been a controversial year for the song contest festival launched in 1956. For weeks, the question of whether Israel should be allowed to compete or not while engaged in a military conflict in Gaza dominated the media surrounding the event and attracted pro-Palestine activists to the Swedish city of Malmö. Eden Golan, a 20-year old singer representing Israel, was booed during a dress rehearsal; It has been reported that she was confined to her hotel room, while in Malmo to perform at Eurovision, after a series of threats against the Israeli delegation. Hours before the grand final, on May 11th, Dutch rapper Joost Klein, who represented the Netherlands, was disqualified from Eurovision 2024 over what the organisers described as an “incident” involving a female member of the production crew.

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