Prepping for the King

There hasn’t been a coronation in England in 70 years, at which point both the British military and the Commonwealth were much larger. For Charlie’s upcoming event, set for Saturday, the London Garrison and cadres from just about every proper MoD unit (and dozens of Commonwealth contingents) have been hard at work practicing for the big show and it will be fairly majestic, likely larger than Elizabeth’s state funeral services.

Largely under the cover of darkness, 7,000 soldiers, sailors, air force personnel, and 300 horses took to the streets of London this week in a series of dress rehearsals, and the pictures coming from MoD are fantastic, no matter your opinion of the Royals.

Last night, beneath the glow of London’s street lamps, sailors, soldiers and aviators paraded through the empty streets of the Capital as they mounted their final full-scale rehearsal of the Coronation processions ahead of 6 May. Personnel from all regiments of the British Army, and from across the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, formed up into the eight processional groups that will lead Their Majesties The King and Queen Consort back to Buckingham Palace after the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey. The Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment had the furthest to parade, as they will lead the ceremonial charge for both The King’s Procession to Westminster Abbey, and the return procession from the Abbey.

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