It has been claimed that a number of famous musicians, including Harry Styles, Elton John, the Spice Girls, and others, have turned down offers to perform during King Charles III’s coronation in May.
An article in Marie Claire said that Adele and Ed Sheeran were the first performers to decline the King’s invitation, and other articles claimed that John, Styles, and the Spice Girls also declined.
The coronation concert was scheduled for May 7, however, the later three acts apparently declined to owe to prior commitments. It seemed very certain that Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Mel B, Geri Horner, and Emma Bunton would return for the special performance, but they finally decided not to.
Although John is wrapping up his Farewell Yellow Brick Road The Final Tour, Styles is now on his worldwide Love On Tour. Robbie Williams has reportedly declined an invitation to perform at the concert alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, and Lionel Richie, who are still scheduled as the evening’s headliners.
However, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, and Gary Barlow, his former bandmates in Take That, are still scheduled to perform as the evening’s other headliners. Coronation concert “organizers are working against the time to gather together a spectacular roster but have faced a series of hurdles,” a source told The Sun.
“Elton John was at the top of Charles’s wish list, but he can’t make the run to the U.K. work because of his European tour, which has him performing in Germany the Friday before, and again soon after, the Windsor event. Meanwhile, current heartthrob Harry Styles is too busy touring to reunite his bandmates before they take some well-deserved time off.
Pop Base Tweeted: Harry Styles, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Robbie Williams, and Spice Girls have reportedly all declined to perform at King Charles III’s coronation.
Harry Styles, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Robbie Williams and Spice Girls have reportedly all declined to perform at King Charles III’s coronation. pic.twitter.com/pJKpQsOuY1
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On May 6, 2023, the new queen and The Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles will be crowned in Westminster Abbey, kicking off a weekend of festivities that will include the live-broadcast Coronation Concert on May 7 and the nationwide day of service known as The Great Help Out on May 8.
Queen, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ed Sheeran, and more performed at the Platinum Party At The Palace concert on June 4, 2022, the final night of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations held at Buckingham Palace in honor of the 70-year reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96.