Royal enthusiasts have reacted with disappointment after it was announced that the King’s coronation procession will be significantly shorter than the route taken by his late mother.
Buckingham Palace revealed that the central London route is around a quarter the length of the grand spectacle laid on for the late Queen’s coronation procession 70 years ago.
A newly crowned King Charles and Queen Camilla will make their way back from Westminster Abbey, along Parliament Square and Whitehall, through Trafalgar Square and finish the route down The Mall back to Buckingham Palace.
Rick Petrachi, a royal superfan originally from Italy, said he is “super excited” to camp out for the spectacle, but his family may not make the journey with such limited viewing space.
He said: “I think it comes down to how busy it will be and if people have to stand outside for two days. I don’t think my mother, my family will be willing to do it.
“I was not expecting a route as long as the late Queen’s coronation, but it’s the first coronation in 70 years, most of us have never witnessed a coronation, and I think many would want to witness it in person, to line the streets and take it all in, rather than just watching it on TV.
“I’ll try to get a spot along that route, but I think it will be very, very difficult for many people and some of them might actually renounce it because they will be so packed they’ll probably not even get a good spot.”
The King’s shorter route is understood to have been chosen for practical reasons, appearing similar to the tried-and-tested route used for other royal processions to Westminster Abbey, such as those for Prince William’s wedding and the Queen’s funeral. The King is also reported to want a smaller ceremony than past coronations as the country faces a cost of living crisis.
Belinda de Lucy, a mum-of-four from west London, has been camping out for royal moments since the wedding of Charles and Diana, including taking her daughters to camp overnight for the funeral of the late Queen.
“It just brings everyone together in such a wonderful love affair with the country and it should be maximised so as many people can come,” she told i.
“The problem with limiting space is that people will be camping out earlier and for longer. A night is fine to take kids but any longer can be too much for younger ones. If it’s not too much the day before, then I’ll bring my brood, but if too crowded the day before I’ll just go with a pal or solo.”
She added: “I mean it’s such a shame, because families and kids were there last time throughout the night and that may be harder with a shorter route.
“I did it for the Queen’s funeral and it is the most incredible experience on so many levels. It’s not just to be there at this historic moment and watch an incredible procession, but it is the coming together of every single person you can imagine from every walk of life.”