London, April 16 (BNA): The British government said today, Sunday, that more than six thousand British soldiers will participate in the coronation of King Charles III, which is the largest ceremonial deployment of British forces in seven decades.
The Ministry of Defense said thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen will accompany the king and Camilla, the queen consort, between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey on their way to and from the May 6 ceremony.
According to the Associated Press (AP), gun salutes would sound from British warships and army bases across the country, and later military aircraft from World War II Spitfires to modern combat aircraft would perform flybys of the palace.
The defense secretary, Ben Wallace, said it would be a “wonderful and fitting tribute” to the Saudi monarch, who is also commander-in-chief of Britain’s armed forces.
The military side of the coronation, said Admiral Tony Radakin, Chief of the Defense Staff, “reflects centuries of tradition, but signals the integral role the armed forces play in modern Britain and the extraordinary ways in which we support the nation, whether deterring aggression or maintaining stability at all levels.” around the world or enhance our local resilience and prosperity.”
Hundreds of soldiers from 35 Commonwealth countries will also play roles in Britain’s first coronation since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Charles, who became king when his mother died in September, will be formally crowned alongside Camilla at the 1,000-year-old abbey after traveling on a horse-drawn gilded coach from Buckingham Palace.
Royalty and dignitaries from around the world were invited to the coronation ceremony, along with senior members of the British royal family including heir to the throne, Prince William and his family. Charles’ younger son, Prince Harry, who stepped down from his royal duties in 2020, will fly in from California to attend, but his wife Meghan and their two young children will remain at home.