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British Airways and VisitBritain Join Forces to Welcome Visitors to the Coronation With Giant Mural

British Airways and VisitBritain have joined forces to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to London for the Coronation this weekend with a giant celebratory mural, designed by local children, on the flight path to London Heathrow.


Customers Flying Into London Heathrow Will be Greeted With A Giant Mural Celebrating the King and Queen's Coronation - Courtesy British Airways

On Wednesday (May 3, 2023) British Airways announced that they have partnered with VisitBritain to welcome tens of thousands of visitors arriving in London for the King and Queen’s Coronation. To welcome guests, a giant celebratory mural, designed by local children, now adorns the flight path to London Heathrow (LHR) airport. Th giant mural is 47m by 64m and has been painted in Thornbury Park in Hounslow. Customers landing on LHR’s runway 27L will be able to view the artwork from the right side of the aircraft just before touching down in London. The flowers in the mural were designed by children at a local holiday club, Fun Fest Hounslow. The budding artists, sisters Jasmine and Raya Prajapati, aged nine and 12 respectively, sketched the designs around the theme of ‘a natural world’, which is a passion of the King, and a key theme of the King’s Coronation emblem.


In Wednesday’s announcment, British Airways’ Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Lisa Tremble, said,


“We are excited to be able to celebrate this significant moment in history. As Britain’s flag carrier, we are proud to be welcoming visitors to our home and celebrating with our customers on board, offering a selection of Coronation-themed surprises to mark the occasion. We are also celebrating with our fantastic colleagues across our airports and offices and crewing a flight full of colleagues called Charles and Camilla, so it will definitely be a weekend we won’t forget!”


The Making of the Heathrow Flight Path Mural - Courtesy British Airways


As Britain and the Commonwealth look forward to celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort this weekend, British Airways will be celebrating with guests and colleagues, both on the ground and in the air. On Friday, May 5, 2023, British Airways flight BA059 from Cape Town will be crewed with team members with variants of the names Charles and Camilla. The cabin crew will include three people called Camilla, five called Charles, a Kamila and a Millie, and the Boeing 777-200 will be flown by three pilots called Charles.


British Airways and VisitBritain Celebrate the Coronation in Epic Style - Courtesy British Airways



On Coronation Day (Saturday May 6, 2023), British Airways’ customers with the surname ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ traveling from Gatwick or Heathrow will be able to kick off their trip in style with complimentary lounge access. Guests traveling on May 6th from Heathrow or Gatwick will also be treated to Joe&Seph’s Eton Mess Bespoke popcorn designed exclusively for British Airways. The carrier has also collaborated with their caterers to design Coronation-themed desserts. Some of the selections include a bespoke lemon and white chocolate Coronation tart, an afternoon tea with a trio of royal desserts, and a lemon and white chocolate mousse topped with a chocolate crown, inspired by King Charles’ well-known love of lemon cream. Guests will also be able to watch a livestream of the Coronation onboard, which is free to access through their own personal mobile devices (Wi-Fi enabled aircraft only).



Source: British Airways

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