How will the Coronation of King Charles III in London on May 6, 2023 take place?

How will the Coronation of King Charles III in London on May 6, 2023 take place?

The service will take place at London's Westminster Abbey on May 6, with afternoon activities starting at 11:00 UK time. For the first time in over a century, the coronation will take place over the weekend.

King Charles III and his wife Camilla will arrive at Westminster Abbey after a magnificent procession from Buckingham Palace — Royal procession.

Shortly before the start of the service, Charles and Camilla will board a carriage outside Buckingham Palace for the 2km ride to Westminster Abbey. The carriage is a closed horse-drawn carriage, which was made in honor of the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

The carriage, drawn by six horses, will pass through the shopping center through the Admiralty Arch and drive out to Trafalgar Square. From the monument to Nelson's Column in the square, the procession will head straight for Whitehall.

Passing through Whitehall, the carriage will pass the historic Horse Guards, where the changing of the guard takes place every day, and Whitehall Palace, where the first King of Great Britain, Charles, was beheaded for treason in 1649. The parade will continue along Whitehall past Downing Street — the workplace of the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and the Cenotaph — London's most important war memorial. At this point, the royal couple will enter Parliament Square, passing the giant statue of Winston Churchill on the right and the Houses of Parliament on the left.

After rounding Parliament Square, the carriage will head to Westminster Abbey, where all royal coronations have taken place since 1066.

Once the ceremony is over — and it will take about an hour, — The newly minted king and queen will board a 260-year-old Gold State carriage for the return journey. This procession is noticeably larger than the first, organized with more pomp, accompanied by other members of the royal family.

Upon arrival at Buckingham Palace, the family will greet hundreds of thousands of well-wishers from the famous balcony, followed by a large Royal Air Force flyover. Red Arrows — RAF Aerobatic Team & Spitfires — British warplanes that have been in use since before World War II.

Keep in mind that the streets along the route will be filled with people. It is expected that hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will come to London for the celebrations. Many of them expect to see the procession on its 2 km route.

To have a chance of finding a seat, it is advisable to arrive early. There will be many who camp for the night in an attempt to secure the best vantage points. Tourists reportedly set up camp two days before Queen's Platinum Anniversary in 2022 to secure a spot in advance.

Good option — go straight to Buckingham Palace. It is here that you can see the new king, queen and other members of the royal family on the balcony of the palace during the flight of the Royal Air Force.

The Mall (The Mall) is also popular during such events. In truth,  it's not easy to see the procession from nearby St. James's Park, but several large screens will be installed to view the event.

You can settle in Trafalgar Square. However, anyone who plans to climb the famous lions guarding Nelson's Column to get a better view needs to understand that the police are on the alert, and if caught, violators face a couple of hours of arrest.

The nearest London Underground stations along the route are: St James's Park, Green Park, Charing Cross, Westminster.

During last summer's Platinum Jubilee weekend, the stations listed above had limited hours of operation and some of them are closed. However, authorities have stated that there are no plans to shut down the entire network on the day of the coronation.

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