TEN MILLION patriotic Brits will take to the streets today to celebrate the coronation in one of the largest community gatherings in history.
An estimated 40,000 Sunday lunchtime street parties will flood the streets with a sea of Union Jack bunting and millions of paper plates.
The parties now span five continents – with celebratory gatherings stretching west to Canada and east to Hong Kong.
Community events will also mark the occasion for expat communities in South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh and France.
The annual Big Lunch celebration usually takes place during the first week of June but has been brought forward this year to coincide with King Charles’ coronation.
A total of 67,000 Big Lunch events were recorded with organizers at the educational organization Eden Project taking place over the bank holiday weekend.
Around 10 million Britons – one in seven of the UK population – are expected to attend community street parties, including members of the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will attend a big luncheon in Cranleigh, Surrey, while Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will dine with royal fans in Windsor.
Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence will also attend a luncheon in Swindon.
The Princess Royal, 72, will then also volunteer as part of sister movement The Big Help Out on Monday.
Six out of ten street parties will take place tonight as a prelude to the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.
Organizers say the events will “bring neighbors and communities together to share friendship, food and fun.”
The Coronation Quiche was personally chosen by the King and Queen as the main dish for the big lunch.
Royal Chef Mark Flanagan was responsible for creating the recipe for the Egg Based Spinach Pie.
But organizers have also provided hosts with a number of alternative menu ideas, including an Asian rack of lamb and a vegetarian Coronation eggplant.
Luncheons and street parties are part of the official coronation celebrations, and thousands of events are open to the general public, inviting everyone to come and get involved.
Over a million Big Lunch Street events have taken place since 2009.
Queen Camilla became the charity’s patron in 2013.
Last year, more than 17,000 Big Lunches were held to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, attracting a quarter of the UK population and raising a total of £22m for charity.
Lindsey Brummitt, Program Director at the Coronation Big Lunch, said: “With tens of thousands of Coronation Big Lunches taking place in villages and towns across the UK, it’s clear the community spirit is alive and well.
“Millions of people coming together, in venues ranging from a youth center celebration in Shetland to an island tea party in St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly, mark a moment in history with positive impact, community spirit and To spark new connections that we hope will leave a lasting legacy for years to come.”