Royal superfans have already set up a coronation camp on the Mall – a full week before the King is due to be crowned.
A huge blue tarpaulin has been attached to the railings to keep them dry, while a camp bed and several bags can be spotted underneath.
The wacky contraption’s inhabitants can be seen getting comfortable – with one wearing a fetching Union Jack hoodie and a flagged-up hat covered in patriotic badges.
Believed to be royal devotee John Loughrey – he is no stranger to being at the front of crowds at major royal events.
Mr Loughrey, who lives in south London, earned a reputation as Princess Diana’s number one fan after quitting his job working in a kitchen so he could attend every court session of the inquest into her death in 2008.
The wacky contraption’s inhabitants can be seen getting comfortable – with one wearing a fetching Union Jack hoodie and a flagged-up hat covered in patriotic badges
Seeming to be some of the Royals’ biggest fans – the pair are at the destination a seven days before King Charles’ procession is set to head up and down the famous road, which has Buckingham Palace at one end
A huge blue tarpaulin has been attacked to the railings to keep them dry, while a camp bed and several bags can be spotted underneath
A personal shopping trolley prips up one end – but the makeshift tent can be seen billowing in the wind
Some of the Royals’ biggest fans – the pair are at the destination seven days before King Charles’ procession is set to head up and down the famous road, which has Buckingham Palace at one end.
Mr Loughrey spent days on a bench outside the hospital where Prince George was born in 2013 and did it again for Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis in 2018. He also attends Westminster Abbey every week to say a prayer for Diana.
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Royal superfan John Loughrey pictured outside Buckingham Palace gates after the death of the Queen last year
And after the death of the Queen he tried to camp for the full 10 day mourning period outside Buckingham Palace – but he was told to pack away his tent for ‘security reasons’ as crowds descended.
To mark the 20th anniversary of her death in 2017, Mr Loughrey and a small group of supporters hung large tribute banners on the gates of Kensington Palace, her former London home.
It comes as members of the Household Division rehearse the military accompaniment to the coronation at Aldershot Barracks.
Around 700 Guardsmen, officers and bands of the Household Division took part in the rehearsal ahead of the big day.
The coronation will see the largest military ceremonial operation in 70 years, with more than 6,000 men and women of the UK’s armed forces taking part in the historic royal event.
Sailors, soldiers, and aviators from across the UK and the breadth of the Commonwealth will accompany Charles and Camilla to and from Westminster Abbey.
Later in the day, military personnel will conduct a six-minute flypast of more than 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.
In all corners of the Union – including at firing stations in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – gun salutes will take place to herald the moment the King is crowned.
The ceremony will also be the first major ceremonial occasion since the late Queen’s funeral in September.
Featuring more than 400 personnel, across 13 locations and deployed Royal Navy ships, 21 rounds will fire to mark the coronation with the exception of the Tower of London and Horse Guards Parade, where a 62-round salute and a six-gun salvo will fire respectively.
The Ensign for the Coldstream Guards Lieutenant Lachlan de Klee said his relatives had taken part in the past two coronations, while his ancestor the Duke of Rothes, John Leslie, carried the sword of state after the restoration of the monarchy.
Mr Loughrey, with Camilla the dog, prepares flags and posters outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie, on July 6, 2019
It comes as members of the Household Division rehearse the military accompaniment to the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Aldershot Barracks
Around 700 Guardsmen, officers and bands of the Household Division took part in the rehearsal ahead of the big day
The Ensign for the Coldstream Guards Lieutenant Lachlan de Klee (left) said his relatives had taken part in the past two coronations, while his ancestor the Duke of Rothes, John Leslie, carried the sword of state after the restoration of the monarchy. And Lieutenant Archie Denison-Smith (right) is due to carry the same sword during King Charles III’s coronation that his great-grandfather carried during the 1953 coronation
And Lieutenant Archie Denison-Smith is due to carry the same sword during King Charles III’s coronation that his great-grandfather carried during the 1953 coronation.
Brits are busy polishing their buttons and hanging out their flags – with just a week to go until King Charles is crowned.
One – who is perhaps more excited than most – is super-patriotic Anita Atkinson, who has the largest collection of royal memorabilia in the UK.
The 66-year-old has amassed a staggering 13,500 pieces of memorabilia over 46 years, dating back to the reign of Queen Anne, and has already been busy adding to her huge collection in the form of King Charles mementoes ahead of the coronation.
Equipped with her royal, golden stamp and surrounded by her impressive collection, the grandmother of five got to work testing and giving her seal of approval to Aldi’s new coronation range.
Workers are busily preparing the mall, as central London gets ready to host the global event on May 6.
Stores are already fully stocked with memorabilia, while the monarch’s image is plastered across shop windows and street stalls.
And across the country, communities are getting ready to celebrate the bank holiday and ring in his new reign in true British style.
It is set to be a weekend packed with celebration – in which more than a million are expected to enjoy street parties.
Perhaps more excited about the coronation than most – super-patriotic Anita Atkinson has the largest collection of royal memorabilia in the UK
The 66-year-old has amassed a staggering 13,500 pieces of memorabilia over 46 years, dating back to the reign of Queen Anne, and has already been busy adding to her huge collection in the form of King Charles mementoes ahead of the coronation
Stewards arrive at the Mall, which will be along the route of the King’s coronation procession
Stores are already fully stocked with memorabilia – from commemorative mugs to portraits of the King and the late Queen
A worker is busy painting the railings outside Westminster Abbey, where the King’s coronation will take place on May 6
Another admires his handiwork as he touches up the paintwork of Westminster Abbey’s furniture
Workmen grin as they make sure everything is in fine shape for the King’s procession
And in the capital the monarch’s image is plastered across shop windows and street stalls
3,299 public events and 497 street parties have already been shared on the Government’s official map.
Yesterday, with eight days to go, the historic Stone of Destiny left Scotland for London under tight security.
Also known as the Stone of Scone, monarchs have been crowned upon the ancient coronation stone for centuries.
According to myth, the ancient rock was used by the biblical Jacob as a pillow and later kept in King Solomon’s temple.
It was brought to England from Scotland on the orders of King Edward I in 1296.
In September, spoon bender Uri Geller urged Scotland to return the Coronation Chair – saying the relic would give his reign ‘positive power’.
This morning a photo of King Charles at Cambridge in 1967 was released for the first time – in a collection of snaps that reveal the monarch’s joyful years at the prestigeous university.
And yesterday we got a first look at an ornate, three sided screen that will sheild the King as he is annointed.
The ornamental piece will give him more privacy for the solemn moment than any other monarch before him.
Depicting a tree with 56 leaves representing the Commonwealth nations, the hand-sewn design on the front of the screen bears the King’s cypher at the base of the trunk showing the sovereign as a servant of the ‘family of nations’.
Today, there will be celebrations across the country – including a Coronation Celebration Concert in Bridport, Dorset, and a Victorian themed fete at Bourne Hall, south west London, while Kirkgate Shopping Centre in Bradford is holding its own event – complete with stilt-walking Union Jacks.
Thousands are expected to line the route of the coronation – with the Mall in both the outward and return journey to and from Westminster Abbey
A steward looks over the Mall, perhaps pondering the vast swathes of Brits gathering for the event in just seven days
Preparations are ongoing at Westminster Abbey, where vigilant police keep a close eye on the upcoming proceedings
The streets of London’s West End are decked with Union Jacks as the capital braces for a Bank Holiday bonanza
High street shops are getting into the swing of the coronation – as Marks and Spencer plasters shop fronts with bearskin-hatted, M&S-branded guards
Charles will be crowned as the UK’s reigning monarch on Saturday, 6 May at Westminster Abbey.
Although she was previously set to be known as Queen Consort, Camilla will also crowned as Queen at the ceremony.
In line with a tradition dating back centuries, King Charles III’s coronation ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey.
The ceremony will begin at 11am, once the royals have completed their arrival procession from Buckingham Palace. People can line the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the royals, with huge crowds expected given the significance of the event.
The ceremony – which will be broadcast on the BBC – is believed to last about an hour, although exact details on the timings of service and its duration remain unclear. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 took three hours.
Following the ceremony, a return procession, following the same route back, will begin.
In the afternoon, 15 members of the royal family will gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the traditional fly-past to pay homage to Charles and Camilla.
A huge coronation banner covers the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square – decked with symbols of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
Seating areas have been put in place to offer punters a view over the procession route
People walk by another viewing area constructed near Westminster Abbey, close to the Houses of Parliament
And more infrastructure is being added every day in the run up to the big event
Dachet Railway Station, Berkshire, has been decorated with lovely children’s artwork from a local school together with balloons and bunting
The brightly coloured crowns are stuck to the windows alongside strinking Union Jack bunting
A cafe proudly shows off a poster of the King – congratulating him on his new role
Royal souvenirs are being flogged in the streets, as street-hawkers prepare for a profitable weekend
Merchandise in shop windows may not be quite a match for the real thing – but seeing people get into the royal spirit is the event’s true crowning glory
Surely it’ll be stale in a week? Bakers are busy with coronation confectionary as more than a million are expected to celebrate with street parties