King’s coronation marked across Diocese of East Anglia

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The coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla was marked across the Diocese of East Anglia with a royal teddy bear cake in Felixstowe, a Mass and shared lunch in Huntingdon and a crowning of Mary in Poringland.

Children of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland, enjoyed the traditional Crowning of Our Lady, Queen of the May, during the Coronation weekend.  In his homily, Fr Andrew Eburne reminded parishioners that King Charles’ ancestor, Richard II had, in Westminster Abbey, offered the kingdom of England to Mary as her Dowry, and that she remained our Queen to this very day.  The congregation sang the Liturgy of the Coronation of Mary and the Hail Holy Queen, and then the children crowned Our Lady and waved Marian flags specially made for the occasion. After Mass the whole parish enjoyed a coronation breakfast together.

A royal teddy bear cake was the star attraction at a Felixstowe event to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. The lemon sponge cake, baked by St Felix parishioner Edwina Hughes, was made specially for an ‘international lunch’ that also marked the ethnic diversity of the east coast parish. Dishes with links to Romania, India, the Philippines and Poland were among other food offerings brought along to share in the church hall.

Canon John Barnes said: “I was not even aware it was a cake when I first saw it. Edwina is very skilful. It was a lovely occasion.”

St Michael the Archangel parish in Huntingdon met for Mass to mark the coronation on Monday May 8. About 40 people attended the coronation Mass. Prayers were offered for the King as he takes up his new role of service to our nation and the national anthem was sung. After Mass many of the parishioners stayed to share an international lunch together including a barbecue.

Fr Philip Shryane said: “We enjoyed English, Vietnamese, Indian and Filipino food brought by parishioners, including a homemade coronation quiche. A toast was made to wish the new King success and long life, the food was blessed, and all enjoyed the international spread. The weather remained kind to us and some were able to enjoy their food in the garden and others in the Good Shepherd Room. This was the end of a lovely coronation weekend which had been enjoyed by our parishioners. “ 

The photograph below shows the lovely spread of food and the parishioners gathered to enjoy the coronation lunch.