Prince George,Princess Charlotte andPrince Louis are set to join the historic grand carriage procession afterKing Charles’ Coronation.
Prince William andKate Middleton’s children will be given a starring role in proceedings after watching their grandfather being crowned during the momentous ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Saturday.
After the service ends,King Charles andQueen Consort Camilla will travel back to Buckingham Palace in the 261-year-old Gold State Coach, followed by three other carriages carrying working members of the royal family.
The 1.3 mile route will see the carriages travel through Parliament Square, along Whitehall, around Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch and down The Mall, arriving back at the palace at 1.33pm.
The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, the man in charge of organising the historic occasion, described the return procession as a “glorious display of pageantry”.
Seven thousand troops will be on ceremonial duties, with 4,000 taking part in the procession itself, escorting the King and Queen from Westminster Abbey at 1pm.
Anne, Princess Royal will ride on horseback behind Charles and Camilla as Gold Stick in Waiting and Colonel of the Blues and Royals, to the rear of the Gold State Coach.
In the first carriage behind the Gold State Coach will be the Prince and Princess of Wales with nine-year-old George, Charlotte, eight, and five-year-old Louis.
It isnot the youngsters’ first experience of a royal carriage procession, with the trio waving to crowds from a landau during thePlatinum Jubilee celebrations last year.
The next carriage will contain the King’s youngest brother the Duke of Edinburgh with his wife the Duchess of Edinburgh and their children Lady Louise Windsor and the Earl of Wessex.
The lateQueen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester and his wife the Duchess of Gloucester, and Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will travel in the third carriage,
Following by car are the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, also cousins of Elizabeth II, and completing the procession of royals.
There is no place in the procession forPrince Harry orPrince Andrew, who play no formal part in the coronation ceremony amid thecontinuing fallout from the Duke of Sussex’s book Spare and with the Duke of York banned from royal duties over hisconnections to Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew’s daughters, princesses Beatrice or Eugenie, also have no formal role in proceedings.
Once back at Buckingham Palace, Charles and Camilla will receive a royal salute from the military in the gardens at 1.45pm.
This will be followed by a balcony moment when the couple will be joined by other members of the royal family to watch a flypast at around 2.15pm.
Big screens will be placed in royal parks including in Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park so royal fans can watch the day’s events.
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