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The King’s coronation: a guild of the procession route 

Thousands of people will be lining the streets of London hoping to witness King Charles III as he makes his way from Buckingham palace to Westminster abbey to be crowned on Saturday 6th May 2023.  

Unlike the Queen at her coronation whose procession route was 5 miles. The king will take the save but shorter 1.3-mile route to and from the ceremony. The route will be flanked by 1000 members of the military and nearly 29,000 police officers will be deployed during the coronation period.  

The King will travel down The Mall via Admiralty Arch, take the south side of Trafalgar Square. Then go along Whitehall and Parliament Street, take the east and south sides of Parliament Square to Broad Sanctuary, before arriving at the Abbey. 

The King’s procession to Westminster Abbey –  

The event will begin at 10:20 am and the royal procession will kick off, leaving Buckingham Palace. King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will travel in the Diamond Jubilee coach down The Mall and through the Admiralty Arch.  

The coach has been used at every Coronation since that of William IV in 1831.   

The Admiralty Arch is a landmark building in London providing road access between the mall, which extends to the southwest and Trafalgar square.  

Credit: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

They will then travel down Whitehall Road. This is an area in central London and is recognised as the centre of the Government of the United Kingdom.  

After they’ve travelled down Whitehall they should then arrive at Westminster Abbey. Since 1066, it has been the location of the coronations of 39 English and British monarchs.  

Furthermore, at 11:00 am the coronation ceremony will begin.  

The coronation procession back to Buckingham palace –  

At around 13:00 pm after the ceremony, the second procession of the day will take place. The king and Queen Consort will travel back to Buckingham palace. However, this will be a much larger ceremonial display than the mornings procession, taking the same route but in reverse.  

The Coronation Procession will include Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth and the British Overseas Territories. Also, all Services of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, alongside The Sovereign’s Bodyguard and Royal Watermen. 

Then at 13:45 pm in a coronation first, all those marching will form up in the palace gardens where they will give a Royal Salute and three cheers to the King and Queen Consort. 

Finally, at around 14:15 pm The King and other members of the Royal Family will proceed to the front balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the public crowds assembled in The Mall. 

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Architecture & Building

Some of the most popular listed buildings in London 

In this blog we are going to be taking a look at some of the UKs most popular grade 1 listed buildings. But, before we ger started, what is a grade 1 listed building? If a building is listed grade 1, this is because the site is of exceptional national, architectural or historical importance. There are over 9,000 grade 1 listed buildings in England, and the city of London contains 589 of these buildings. Furthermore, here are some of the most popular ones –  

Buckingham Palace (London) –  

Firstly, let’s start with one of the most iconic and popular landmarks un the UK. During the second world war, which broke out in 1939, the palace was bombed 9 times. The most serious incident destroyed the palaces chapel in 1940. After that, the palace was designated a grade 1 listed building in 1970, protected for many future generations to admire.  

Admiralty Arch (London) –  

Admiralty Arch located at the end of the mall, was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria. It was designed by Aston Webb, is now a Grade I listed building. In addition, in 2012, the government sold the building for £60m, for a proposed development of a luxury hotel.  

Image: iStock

Spencer House (London) – 

Spencer House is a historic town house in the St James area of Westminster. The house is Grade 1 listed on the National Heritage List for England. In 1758 Spencer House was designed to have authentic Greek details in the internal decoration, and it became one of the first examples in London of the neoclassical style.   

Image: https://www.historichouses.org/house/spencer-house/visit/

Palace Of Westminster (London) –  

Finally, the houses of parliament were first classed as a grade 1 listed building in 1970. Sir Charles Barry the architect of the Palace of Westminster uses the perpendicular Gothic style, which was popular in the 15th century.  

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A guide to all of Queen Elizabeth’s beautiful homes/ Castles

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, Passed away on September 8th 2022 at her cherished Scottish Estate, Balmoral. 

 Her Majesty was our longest reigning monarch and will be remembered for a remarkable lifetime of service. As a company we are deeply saddened by the news. 

 We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family.  Our thoughts are with them at this time.  

Here is a story about Queen Elizabeth’s many treasured homes.  

Buckingham Palace –  

London, England 

Firstly, Buckingham palace is London’s royal residence and the headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in Westminster, it has become a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning.  

The palace contains over 830,000 square feet of floor space. There are 775 rooms, including 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, 52 principal bedrooms and 19 state rooms. It also has a post office, cinema, swimming pool, doctor’s surgery and jeweller’s workshop. 

Diliff – Ain wirk

Windsor Castle –  

Windsor, England 

So, Windsor castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the county of Berkshire. During the second world war the king and Queen and their children Elizabeth and Margaret lived in this castle for safety. This castle now serves as a country home, and the Queen frequently visited this location as a weekend retreat.  

Additionally, Windsor Castle grounds cover 52,609 square metres (13 acres) and combines the features of a fortification, a palace, and a small town. It also has 1,000 rooms, making it the largest occupied castle in the world. 

Original image by Mike McBey.

Balmoral Castle –  

Aberdeenshire, Scotland 

Balmoral castle has been the Scottish home of the royal family since purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. Balmoral is a private estate owned by the queen. Its where she spent many weeks at the end of each summer, it was believed to be her favourite residence.  

The Balmoral Estate has been added to by successive members of the royal family, and now covers an area of approximately 50,000 acres. Also, the grandeur of Balmoral is said to be slightly overwhelming for first-time visitors.  

With turrets, 52 bedrooms, draughty corridors, tartan rugs and walls mounted with antlers, it can be an intimidating place. “There is a certain fascination in keeping the place as Queen Victoria had it. Nothing very much has changed,” the Queen said.   

Stuart Yeates from Oxford, UK – Flickr

Holyrood house Palace –  

Edinburgh, Scotland 

Furthermore, this palace was the Queens official residence in Scotland. The late Queen Elizabeth ll, spent one week at Holyroodhouse at the beginning of each summer, where she carried out a range of official engagements and ceremonies.   

In Addition, the Palace of Holyroodhouse covers 87,120 square feet of floor space and contains 289 rooms. The private apartments of The Queen and the other members of the Royal Family are located on the second floor of the south and east wings. 

Sandringham Estate – 

Norfolk, England 

Like Balmoral, Sandringham Estate was the Queen’s private property. Also, like Balmoral, it was a place of personal significance to her Elizabeth’s father, George V, called it “the place I love better than anywhere else in the world” and would eventually die there on February 6, 1952. 

Queen Elizabeth II‘s custom was to spend the anniversary of that and of her own accession privately with her family at Sandringham House, and, more recently, to use it as her official base from Christmas until February.  

Furthermore, the house stands in a 20,000-acre estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the house is listed as Grade II*. 

Photo: Getty Images

Hillsborough Castle –  

Hillsborough, Northern Ireland 

Similar to how the Queen stayed at Palace of Holyroodhouse when officially visiting Scotland, the Queen lived in Hillsborough during her visits to Northern Ireland. Hillsborough Castle is not a true castle, it’s a Georgian country house built in the 18th century. In addition, the home is surrounded by 100 acres of green gardens. 

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