The coronation of His Majesty King Charles III
The coronation of the new Sovereign follows months after his or her accession, following a period of mourning and as a result of the enormous amount of preparation required to organise the ceremony.
Their Majesties will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s Procession’. After the Service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’.
The Coronation Procession will include Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth and the British Overseas Territories, and all Services of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom.
Soldiers have flown home from operational duties or training exercises from as far afield as Cyprus, Iraq, Kenya and Estonia to represent their regiments and corps for the first rehearsals for the Coronation Procession. Under the cover of darkness, thousands of military personnel came together on the streets of London to practice the ceremonial support for the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort.
A talented team of craftspeople made more than 1,000 military cap badges ‘at the double’ so soldiers were able to parade at the Coronation wearing the King’s crown and cypher.
An army marches on its stomach. But when it comes to taking part in the Coronation, there's a lot more than just food required to keep thousands of soldiers happy.
The British Army in Scotland was represented by the Royal Regiment of Scotland as the Stone of Destiny began its journey to Westminster for the Coronation.
From Northallerton to the Isle of Mull, Belfast to Birmingham, soldiers of the British Army are gathering in training areas south of London to prepare for the biggest ceremonial event of their lives.
His Majesty The King has presented a new Standard and Colour to two of the oldest and most prestigious regiments in the British Army.
The Coronation Procession has more than a few moving parts, and the Army's involvement is representative of its many corps and regiments.
At 12:01pm on Coronation Day, gun salutes were fired at saluting stations across the UK, in overseas territories, and on His Majesty’s ships at sea.
As the nation prepares to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King, we go behind some of the British Army’s contribution to the big day’s pomp and ceremony you may not be familiar with.
The King’s Company Grenadier Guards have a role at the heart of the Coronation, as His Majesty is also their Company Commander.
From tanks to helicopters and Regular and Reserve units, His Majesty The King has a long association with the British Army.
Behind the pomp and circumstance of the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla lies the wonderful connection between His Majesty to the Army in Scotland.
An officer from the Grenadier Guards had a very special family connection when he took part in the procession at the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
For Brigadier (Brig) Patrick ‘Patch’ Reehal, the coronation will be not only be the culmination of months of planning but also something of a family affair.
An officer taking part in the Coronation procession will also use the occasion to honour the memory of a former Royal Army Medical Corps double Victoria Cross winner.
For those soldiers taking part in the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort on 6 May, working alongside so many other armoured and infantry units as well as partner nations from across the world has provided them with a unique opportunity.
Jenna and Andrew Willis are a military couple used to being in step with each other after meeting 15 years ago while deployed overseas.
Only a few weeks ago, 106 of those perfectly turned-out Guardsmen you’ll see taking centre stage amidst the grandeur of the Coronation were getting down and very dirty in the tropical jungles of Jamaica on Exercise Red Stripe.