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.  

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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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