Harry Styles, Adele, Elton John, and several other artists have reportedly declined the invitation to perform at the upcoming coronation of King Charles III in May.
Adele and Ed Sheeran were the first to decline the King’s invitation. Another report revealed that John, Styles, and the Spice Girls also said no to the offer. The three acts reportedly turned down the coronation performance, scheduled for May 7, due to busy schedules.
Members of 90s girl group Spice Girls Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Mel B, Geri Horner, and Emma Bunton were nearly confirmed to reunite for a special performance but ultimately declined.
Styles is in the midst of his worldwide Love On Tour, while John is finishing up his Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour.
Robbie Williams has also reportedly turned down the invitation to perform, while his former Take That bandmates Mark Owen, Howard Donald, and Gary Barlow are still set to headline the concert, which will also feature Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, and Lionel Richie.
A source has told a British tabloid news site, “Organizers are working against the clock to pull together an exciting lineup but have hit a series of challenges. Elton John was at the top of Charles’ list, but due to his European tour, which sees him performing in Germany the Friday before and again soon after the Windsor concert, he isn’t able to make the dash to the U.K. work. Meanwhile, man-of-the-moment Harry Styles is also tied up with touring and unable to get key band members together, as they’ll be on much-needed downtime.”
The coronation of the new monarch and the Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles is scheduled to be held at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023, and will be followed by a weekend of events, including the May 7 coronation concert that would be broadcast live on BBC and conclude with The Big Help Out on May 8, a day of service to encourage volunteerism across the country.
On June 4, 2022, the Platinum Jubilee was held at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the 70-year reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died last September 8 at the age of 96. It concluded with a Platinum Party featuring performances by Queen, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ed Sheeran, and more.
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