What occurs earlier than and after the coronation?
The horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach—comparatively brand-spankin’-new at solely 9 years previous—will ferry Charles and Camilla to Westminster Abbey in what’s often called the King’s Procession, whereas they will return to Buckingham Palace afterward within the 261-year-old Gold State Coach, which has been used for each coronation since King William IV‘s in 1831.
For the return journey—which might be an “huge procession,” in keeping with coronation organizer Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the Duke of Norfolk—Charles will put on the Imperial State Crown, aka “the working crown,” which he’ll additionally don yearly for the State Opening of Parliament. It boasts 2,868 diamonds, together with the huge 317-carat Cullinan II, in addition to the Black Prince Ruby in entrance and the Stuart Sapphire in again.
Upon the household’s return to the palace, senior royals and their kids-of-all-ages will greet the group from the identical balcony that has been utilized for all the massive photograph ops—William and Kate’s post-wedding kiss, and so forth.—by the years.
On Could 7, Windsor Fort will host the Coronation Live performance, that includes headliners TBD, and Could 8 has been declared a financial institution vacation.
The palace has described the coronation as designed to “mirror the monarch’s position right now and look in the direction of the long run, whereas being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”