Coronation of King Charles III: Visual guide of the royal procession route
Britain's King Charles III will ride in two coaches built more than two centuries apart as part of the coronation ceremonies planned for May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London.
The procession will be more streamlined than his mother's in 1953. The ceremony will be "rooted in long-standing traditions" but "reflect the monarch's role today and look towards the future," according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
On Saturday, Charles will break the tradition of using the Gold State Coach in the procession known as the King's Procession, which travels from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.
Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will instead ride in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II's reign in 2012. Their return to Buckingham Palace, called the Coronation Procession, will be in the Gold State Coach.
The coronation procession route
The King's Procession travels down The Mall before turning right at St. James's Park. It continues through the Horse of Guards Parade and down Parliament Street, then ends at Westminster Abbey.
The couple return on the same path back to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.
According to reports, Charles' coronation at Westminster Abbey is expected to last two hours a sharp contrast to his mother's coronation, which ran more than three hours.
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Profile of the coaches used in the coronation procession
The couple opted for the royal family's newer Diamond Jubilee State Coach to travel to Westminster Abbey. Built in Australia, it was first used by Queen Elizabeth at the State Opening of Parliament in 2014.
The Diamond Jubilee Coach
While 16,000 people participated in Queen Elizabeth's procession and 8,000 guests attended her coronation, just about 2,000 people are expected for Charles' ceremony, according to the Daily Mail.
The king returns to Buckingham Palace
After the coronation service, the newly crowned monarchs will travel in the Gold State Coach in the Coronation Procession, which travels from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace, where they will be joined by members of the royal family.
The Gold State Coach
The Gold State Coach has long been a part of British history. It was commissioned in 1760 for George III's coronation and wedding in 1761, but because of its complexity it wasn't completed until 1762.
Queen Elizabeth II was not a fan of the gold coach. She was once quoted by The Telegraph as saying the carriage isn't the most useful mode of transportation: "Not very comfortable."
The coach, the third-oldest in the United Kingdom, has been used in royal weddings and monarchs' jubilees for 261 years. Charles will be the eighth to ride in the coach for a coronation since George IV in 1831.
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SOURCE The Royal Family; The Royal Collection Trust; USA TODAY research