First King’s Coronation rehearsal takes place on London streets in dead of night

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  • April 18, 2023
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If you’re a bit of a night owl, you may have spotted hundreds of military personnel marching through central London overnight.

The first rehearsal for the King’s Coronation took place on The Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, in the early hours of this morning.

The practice session was expected to start at 10pm last night but was delayed until past midnight.

Carriages, horses, soldiers and sailors were seen following the route in preparation for the big event on May 6, where they will put on a carefully choreographed routine.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the streets of London on the Saturday to celebrate the newly crowned King and Queen.

It will be the largest military ceremonial operation in 70 years, since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

It will be the first coronation in living memory for the majority of the population.

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More than 6,000 of the UK’s armed forces are taking part in the historic royal event, and nearly 400 personnel from across 35 Commonwealth countries.

They will accompany Charles and Camilla along the 1.3-mile route, which will see the new King and Queen travel from Westminster Abbey through Parliament Square, along Whitehall, around Trafalgar Square, through the Admiralty Arch and down The Mall back to Buckingham Palace.

It will be around a quarter of the length of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, after it has long been suggested Charles did not want a celebration of the same scale and wanted to represent a ‘slimmed down’ monarchy.

The procession in 1953 took two hours and featured tens of thousands of participants.

It was five miles long and went through Piccadilly, Oxford Street and Regent Street.

Although they were not seen at the rehearsal, Charles and Camilla will be taken to Westminster Abbey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and return in the Gold State Coach.

The King’s coronation concert will take place the day after the coronation on Sunday, May 7, on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

Several big names have been confirmed as performers for the historic bash, including Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Yesterday Charles and Camilla revealed their signature dish for their coronation celebration – the ‘Coronation Quiche’, which they hope people will make over the weekend of celebrations.

It is meat-free and of French origin, made with broad beans, tarragon, spinach and cheese.

It fits with Charles’s food preferences regarding the environmental impact of meat. He revealed two years ago he follows a vegetarian diet on two days of every week, and goes fully vegan for another day.

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