Preparations for the upcoming coronation of King Charles III are in full swing, with celebrations set to take place nationwide from May 6th through the weekend. The 74-year-old monarch will be officially crowned at Westminster Abbey in a grand ceremony, in keeping with tradition. In honor of the Coronation Big Lunches planned for the occasion, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla have personally chosen a signature dish, the coronation quiche, and have even shared the recipe.

The Coronation Big Lunch is a community event aimed at bringing neighbors together to celebrate the coronation and share friendship, food, and fun. According to their official website, “Her Majesty The Queen Consort has been Patron of the initiative since 2013 and has attended Big Lunches all across the UK and the world, including in Ghana and Barbados.” Last year, the Queen Consort hosted a special Big Lunch at The Oval cricket ground to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

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The signature dish for Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation was poulet reine Elizabeth, also known as coronation chicken. The coronation quiche, a savory dish, is based on that classic recipe. The Royal Family has described the dish as “easily adapted to different tastes and preferences,” featuring spinach, broad beans, cheese, and tarragon. The dish has been promoted as a great way to get involved with the Coronation Big Lunch.

Social media has been abuzz with a video of a Buckingham Palace chef preparing the quiche in a white uniform featuring the late Queen’s EIIR cypher embroidered on it.

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As excitement builds for the upcoming coronation and associated festivities, the signature coronation quiche is just one way that the Royal Family is encouraging communities to come together and celebrate. With a history of community-focused events like the Coronation Big Lunch and a commitment to tradition, it’s clear that the Royal Family values the connections between its citizens and seeks to strengthen them through shared experiences like good food and celebration. As the coronation approaches, people all across the UK are eagerly preparing for a weekend of joyous celebration and remembrance.