Coronation’s shorter route risks royal fins missing glimpse of Charles

King Charles and Camilla wave to crowds from balcony in Hamburg

Buckingham Palace has revealed the route the newly appointed King Charles and Queen Camilla will take after leaving Westminster Abbey next month, but it is much shorter than expected. The route will travel 1.3 miles through central London, compared to a five-mile journey taken by Queen Elizabeth on the day of her Coronation in 1953. Thousands are expected to line the streets in the hopes of catching a glimpse of King Charles and Queen Camilla, but the new route could dampen their chances.

The new King and Queen will travel from Westminster Abbey through Parliament Square, along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square through Admiralty Arch and back down The Mall to their official residence of Buckingham Palace.

The procession will include Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth as well as the Sovereign’s Bodyguard and Royal Watermnen.

Over 70 years ago Queen Elizabeth II spent two hours greeting the public through London in a much longer route.

It is understood the King’s route has been chosen for practical reasons as the route has been used a number of times during royal processions. 

Charles will take the same route when travelling to the Abbey giving well-wishers another chance to see their King.

He will be accompanied by Camilla in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.

On their return to the Palace, the King and Queen will travel in the Gold State Coach, used by the Queen in her Coronation.

Charles and Camilla will then receive a Royal Salute from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Armed Forces, followed by three cheers from the assembled service personnel.

The highly anticipated event is expected to see people camp out for days to see the procession on May 6.

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Over 2,000 invitations have been sent out for the ceremony.

The invitation revealed that moving forward Camilla will be known as Queen following the Coronation.

The colourful and vibrant invitation reads: “The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla.”

Members of the Royal Family will later accompany King Charles in his first appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony. 

Reports suggest senior members of the family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children George, Children and Louis, will join the King. 

The Mirror reports that the King has been “very clear” about who he wants to represent the family, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex not part of the line-up. 

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