...By Adetayo Ajala for TDPel Media.
New celebrity names have been announced for the King’s Coronation celebrations, which include Tom Cruise, Dame Joan Collins, and Winnie the Pooh.
They will feature in the Coronation Concert, which will celebrate the crowning of the King and Queen Consort.
Alongside them, Sir Tom Jones, Bear Grylls, and Oti Mabuse will appear in pre-recorded sketches, revealing little-known facts about the monarch.
The inclusion of Tom Cruise, who has a long-standing relationship with the royal family, and Winnie the Pooh in the segment could create a moment to match that of the Platinum Party At The Palace.
This event saw the late Queen share tea with Paddington Bear.
Music acts such as Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, Steve Winwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Lang Lang, and Tiwa Savage, among others, have also been added to the lineup.
Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor will deliver a spoken-word performance.
They join a lineup that already includes Take That, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, and Sir Bryn Terfel, among others.
The event will take place on May 7 in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with a crowd of 20,000 members of the public and invited guests.
It will be broadcast across BBC television and radio stations.
Winwood, a veteran of the blues rock scene who played in the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith, will sing alongside the Commonwealth virtual choir, featuring choirs and individuals from over 40 Commonwealth countries.
The performance will be introduced by an “uplifting” spoken-word piece from Bollywood actress Kapoor.
TV presenter and singer Olly Murs said, “It’s such an honour to be asked to perform for King Charles’ Coronation concert at such an iconic castle.
An event that will go down in history, and one I’ll be proud to tell my kids about one day.”
Kate Phillips, BBC director of unscripted, said, “I’m delighted that even more world-class names have joined the lineup for the Coronation Concert, broadcast live across the BBC.
Against the stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle, it’s going to be a jam-packed evening of memorable moments, that Their Majesties and everyone in the UK can enjoy.”
The concert will take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer, as well as BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.