Westminster Abbey in London will be the venue for the coronation of King Charles III, scheduled to take place today. Here is a rundown of the activities planned for the day.
At 7am Nigerian time, the doors of Westminster Abbey will be opened to the congregation, and viewing centres on the streets of London will also be opened.
At 9 am, troops from all four services will begin to line the streets, and the congregation will be seated in the Abbey.
At 9:45 am, the Sovereign’s Escort will arrive at Buckingham Palace.
At 10:20 am, the Royal Procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey will begin, with King Charles and Queen Camilla being escorted by cavalry troops from the Household Division (the Sovereign’s Escort). Troops lining the streets will render royal salutes to the King and Queen.
At 10:35 am, members of the Royal Family will arrive at Westminster Abbey.
At 10:53 am, the Royal Procession will arrive at Westminster Abbey, and the bells of the Abbey will be rung to announce the arrival of the King and Queen.
At 11 am, the two-hour coronation service will begin.
At noon 12, King Charles will be crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Gun salutes will be fired from the Tower of London, and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, will also fire gun salutes from other parts of London.
At 1 pm, the Royal Procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace will begin.
At 1:45 pm, the Royal Procession will arrive at Buckingham Palace, where King Charles and Queen Camilla will receive a royal salute from members of the Armed Forces. They will then join other members of the Royal Family to greet the crowd outside from the balcony of the Palace.
At 2:30 pm, there will be a flypast of modern and historic Royal Air Force aircraft over Buckingham Palace, and members of the Royal Family will watch the flypast from the balcony.