Little known coronation rule which could see celebrations end in fines

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With just a week to go until the Coronation, preparations are well underway across the country. King Charles and Queen Camilla will be crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Saturday followed by two days of celebrations. Thousands are set to line the streets of London in the hope of catching a glimpse of the new King and Queen. While elsewhere across the country people are expected to host street parties to toast Charles and Camilla. But they could be in trouble if they don’t have permission.

Organisers are advised to apply to host a street party through their local council four to 12 weeks before it happens.

The Government website’s states planners need to provide the date and time, whether it requires any road closures, if any bus routes are affected and a list of any properties or businesses affected.

It is expected that millions will gather with their neighbours in celebration so roads could be closed illegally as it is an offence to obstruct any public right of passage.

However, the Government website states you “don’t have to tell the council if you hold a smaller event”.

A smaller event includes events on a driveway or parking area or private land. It could also be held at the end of a cul-de-sac of grass area that doesn’t require any road closures.

Thankfully it is not expected that local authorities will enforce the rules on Coronation weekend.

However, if they do, organisers could face a fine or up to 51 weeks behind bars.

A source told The Sun said only parties that become a “nuisance” with more than 500 people and alcohol being sold could face action.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said street parties are “encouraged” as he urged council to be “completely flexible”.

Mr Gove said: “Street parties are a great way to bring neighbours together to get to know each other better.

“There is lots of research to show that these informal, resident-led events have a positive and lasting impact on the communities that take part.”

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As many as 2,800 guests are expected to attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Saturday as thousands more gather outside.

Prince William, Kate, Princess of Wales and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will all be attending as well as Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle will remain home in California with the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes children, Archie and Lilibet.

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