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Thousands of veterans and NHS staff given prime spots to see Coronation procession

Almost four thousand military veterans and NHS staff have been given the best seats in the house for the Coronation processions.

Over 3,800 have been invited to prime viewing spots in front of Buckingham Palace where they will have a close up view of the royal processions to and from Buckingham Palace as well as the balcony appearance and the special fly past after the ceremony.

The special guests include veterans from the Armed Forces as well as NHS and social care workers and members of charities supported by the Royal Family.

They will all have tickets to a specially constructed viewing stand which will allow them to see the King’s Procession, the Coronation Procession and the balcony appearance by the Royal Family.

Tens of thousands more are expected to line the 1.3 mile route between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey where places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

As the news of the special stands was announced, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said ”“As a mark of the nation’s profound gratitude, it is right that in celebrating the Coronation we include and champion those who have dedicated their lives to public service.

Philippa Rawlinson, Director of Remembrance at the Royal British Legion said ”The Armed Forces hold great importance to the nation as they work to protect us, our freedoms and our society’s way of life. We know that it will be a great privilege for members of the Armed Forces community to see their new Commander in Chief on this significant day.” 

The Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla takes place on May 6 2023 at Westminster Abbey.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.