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Coronation Invite - SOLD OUT

Dr. E. Quinn Peeper, His Britannic Majesty's Honorary Consul in New Orleans, cordially invites you for elevenses at the home of Dr. Peeper and Michael Harold in Pass Christian, Mississippi, followed by a delightful luncheon, open bar, and an exciting vintage schooner race at the Pass Christian Yacht Club. The menu for elevenses and the yacht club will feature food from historic royal coronations and jubilees. The program is in celebration of King Charles III's historic coronation.

This special event will be held on May 6, 2023—the same day as the King's official coronation at London's Westminster Abbey, a place that has been the location of coronations for the past 900 years. The Royal Family announced, "The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside Camilla, The Queen Consort."

A recording of the televised coronation at Westminster Abbey held earlier in the day will be shown at the yacht club.

We will have a fun hat competition. Ladies are invited to wear their favorite hat or fascinator. Gentlemen are welcome to wear their favorite bowler or top hat. Best lady's and gentleman's hat, as judged by a milliner, will receive a prize. Of course, hats are optional, and everyone is welcome, hat or no hat.

We will test your coronation knowledge with The King Charles III Trivia Quiz and, finally, one last competition—a prize for the best tabletop decoration.

Dr. Peeper commented, "This afternoon program at Pass Christian Yacht Club is not just an ordinary celebration—the King's coronation celebration will be delightfully extravagant and one not to miss!"

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Participating Organizations

  • The English-Speaking Union
  • The Royal Society of St. George
  • The Churchill Society of New Orleans
  • Daughters of the British Empire
  • Louisiana Consular Corps


When: Saturday, May 6, 2023

Where: Elevenses at Dr. E. Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold's home, 961 East Second St., Pass Christian, MS., 39571. Luncheon at Pass Christian Yacht Club, 120 Market St., Pass Christian, MS 39571

11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central time)—Elevenses—a beverage and light snack served late morning.
1:00 – 4:00 pm—Luncheon and vintage schooner race at Pass Christian Yacht Club

Tickets: $75 per person. Please register soon.

Dress: Festive Coronation Chic. Jacket or wraps encouraged due to A/C.

The proceeds from King Charles III's Coronation Celebration will support our TLab scholarship programs that send teachers to study abroad in the UK.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Blair-Brand at:

Transportation and Hotel Recommendations

Pass Christian, Mississippi is on the gulf coast, a 40-minute drive from Biloxi or a 75-minute drive from New Orleans. For guests flying, we recommend Gulfport-Biloxi International airport which is a 30-minute drive to Pass Christian. Major airlines serving Gulfport-Biloxi International airport include, Delta, United, American, and Sun Country. Please be aware that the annual Jazz Festival is in New Orleans this weekend and hotels are mostly full in New Orleans. Flights into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport are very limited.

Recommended Hotels near Pass Christian:

Bay St. Louis, MS
The Pearl

Gulfport, MS
Grand Centennial Hotel
Holiday Inn Express - Gulfport
Oasis Resort Centennial Plaza

Biloxi, MS
White House Hotel

Pass Christian, MS
Hotel Whiskey
Hotel Pass Christian

Long Beach, MS
The Inn at Long Beach

Casino Hotels near
Pass Christian, MS
Hollywood Casino & Hotel
Island View Casino & Hotel 
Sliver Slipper Casino & Hotel

Other options such as B&Bs, Airbnb, or Cottages are in the vicinity. 

For those unable to attend the King Charles III's Coronation Celebration on May 6, please consider a donation to ESU's TLab program. Learn more. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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