Charles and Camilla seen for the first time on coronation day

King Charles has been seen for the first time on the day of his coronation.

A procession of cars, carrying the new monarch and Camilla the Queen Consort, passed through the Mall shortly after 9am.

Huge crowds of royal fans waved and cheered as the royals passed.

Viewing areas along the Mall and Whitehall were full by 8.30am – with thousands more watching today unfold on big screens across the country.

Later this morning, Charles and the Queen Consort will take a much shorter route on their procession than his mother Elizabeth II.

They will miss out large parts of the capital taken in during Her Late Majesty’s five-mile procession in 1953.

The monarch and Camilla personally decided to stick to the same 1.3-mile route to Westminster Abbey and back to Buckingham Palace.

The King’s Procession is expected to start at 10.20am, arriving shortly before the 11am coronation ceremony begins – and will see 1,000 military personnel along the route, as per BBC.

The Coronation Procession is due to begin around 1pm, after the ceremony ends.

Up and down the UK, big screens have been placed in public parks so people can gather to watch today’s events unfold.

There are dozens of screenings taking place in every corner of England, but only two each in Wales and Scotland.

This morning, thousands of soldiers and members of the armed forces jumped off trains at Waterloo before marching off to take part in the coronation.

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More than 5,000 personnel travelled by train to the capital this morning, in what is believed to be the biggest movement of military staff on Britain’s railways since Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965.

Members of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Commonwealth forces travelled on board seven South Western Railway trains and two chartered West Coast Railways trains.

The soldiers, sailors and aviators arrived to the sound of a special announcement recorded by the King and Queen, which is being played at stations across Britain this weekend.

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