THE Coronation of King Charles is THE royal event of the year.
Preparations and rehearsals for the historic occasion have been taking place in the capital city – and it all kicks off with the King's Procession.
What time is the procession before King Charles' coronation?
King Charles ascended the throne in September 2022 after the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
But he will not be officially crowned as King until May 6, 2023 – the day of his coronation.
In the first Coronation the country has witnessed in 70 years, the event will begin with the procession of the King and Queen Consort from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.
This is known as the King's Procession and will begin at 10.20am.
Royal fans, who have camped along The Mall, will be waving and cheering as the couple travel to the Abbey.
They are expected to arrive at the Abbey at 10.53am.
Who takes part in the procession?
The King's Procession will see the King and Queen Consort travelling in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach.
It was created in 2012 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the British Throne.
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They will be accompanied by the Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry.
The 1.42-mile route will be flanked by 1,000 members of the military from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
After the crowning ceremony at the Abbey they will return to Buckingham Palace in the Coronation Procession.
The newly crowned King and Queen Consort will make this journey in the Gold State Coach.
This procession will be on a much larger scale, taking the same route in reverse.
The Coronation Procession will include personnel all marching in unison from across the Commonwealth and the British Overseas Territories and all Services of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom.
It will include marching bands, the Sovereign's Bodyguard and the Royal Watermen.
When does King Charles' coronation service start?
The Coronation of King Charles will begin in Westminster Abbey at 11am.
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The ceremony will be shorter than his mother's, lasting around two hours.
It will be televised on BBC One, BBC Two and ITV.
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