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The Procession of The King and The Queen

At 10:55, Their Majesties The King and The Queen arrived at the Great West Door in a carriage procession from Buckingham Palace, travelling in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. The State Coach is an enclosed, six-horse-drawn carriage, built in Australia and made with a variety of materials including timber from Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, an original counterweight from Big Ben, a Battle of Britain Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, a Dambusters Lancaster and part of a musket ball from the Battle of Waterloo.

Watch the Procession of The King and The Queen

The King’s Procession of Heralds and Regalia formed in the Great Cloister, and entered the West Cloister door, processing ahead of Their Majesties through the Abbey. The King and Queen then followed, joining the procession accompanied by various ceremonial officials, The Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales, and members of the Royal Household. Prince George of Wales was in attendance upon His Majesty as a Page of Honour. 

The Procession passed through the Nave and Quire and up to the High Altar. As the Procession moved through the Abbey the choir sang ‘I was Glad’, composed by Sir Hubert Parry for the Coronation of King Edward VII and arranged by John Rutter based on words from Psalm 122. The cries of ‘Vivat Regina Camilla’ and ‘Vivat Rex Carolus’ were, as is tradition, proclaimed loudly by the King’s scholars of Westminster School. His Majesty’s Procession was composed as follows:

 The Cross of Wales and Lights

Serjeant of the Vestry
The Reverend Canon Paul Wright LVO
Sub-Dean of His Majesty’s Chapels Royal

The Very Reverend Professor David Fergusson OBE
Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and Dean of the Thistle

The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally, the Lord Bishop of London DBE
Dean of His Majesty’s Chapels Royal

The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO
Dean of Windsor

The Right Reverend Dr John Inge
Lord High Almoner

The Right Reverend James Newcome
Clerk of the Closet

Primatial Cross of York
borne by The Reverend Dr Jenny Wright, Chaplain to The Archbishop of York

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell
Lord Archbishop of York and Primate of England

Pursuivants of Arms

Thomas Johnston
Rouge Croix Pursuivant

Dominic Ingram
Portcullis Pursuivant

Mark Scott
Bluemantle Pursuivant

Adam Tuck
Rouge Dragon Pursuivant

Philip Tibbetts
March Pursuivant Extraordinary

Colin Russell
Falkland Pursuivant Extraordinary

Professor Gillian Black
Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary

Roderick Macpherson
Unicorn Pursuivant

John Stirling
Ormond Pursuivant

George Way
Carrick Pursuivant

Orders of Chivalry and Gallantry Award Holders

The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Segrave

The Most Venerable Order of St John
Professor Mark Compton AM GCStJ

The Order of Canada
Professor Margaret MacMillan OM CH CC

The Order of Australia
Yvonne Kenny AM

The Order of New Zealand
Richard McCaw ONZ

Knights Bachelor
The Right Honourable Sir Gary Hickinbottom

The Order of Companions of Honour
The Lord Coe CH KBE

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Dame Susan Ion GBE

The Royal Victorian Order
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford GCVO

The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George
The Right Honourable the Baroness Ashton of Upholland LG GCMG

The Order of Merit
The Right Reverend the Lord Eames OM

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB

The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
The Right Honourable the Lord Hope of Craighead KT

The Most Noble Order of the Garter
Lady Mary Peters LG CH DBE

Cross of Valour, Australia
Richard Joyes CV

Cross of Valour, Canada
First Officer Leslie Arthur Palmer CV

New Zealand Cross
Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah NZC

The George Cross
Dominic Troulan GC QGM

Victoria Cross, New Zealand
Bill Henry Apiata VC

Victoria Cross, Australia
Corporal Daniel Keighram VC

The Victoria Cross
Keith Payne VC AM
Heralds of Arms

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt LVO
Albany Herald Extraordinary

Liam Devlin
Rothesay Herald

The Honourable Adam Bruce
Marchmont Herald

The Standard of the Principality of Wales
borne by the Marquess of Anglesey

Standards of the Quarterings of the Royal Arms
borne by

The Duke of Westminster

The Earl of Caledon KCVO

The Earl of Dundee

The Royal Standard
borne by Francis Dymoke

Jo Churchill MP
Vice Chamberlain of the Household

The Right Honourable Marcus Jones MP
Treasurer of the Household

Rebecca Harris MP
Comptroller of the Household


The Cross of Westminster and Lights
borne by Andy Mackinder

The Reverend Ralph Godsall
Acting Minor Canon

The Reverend Mark Birch MVO
Minor Canon and Precentor

The Reverend Robert Latham
Minor Canon and Sacrist

Paul Baumann CBE
Receiver General

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE
High Bailiff

Canons’ Verger

The Venerable Tricia Hillas
Canon Steward and Archdeacon of Westminster

The Reverend Dr James Hawkey
Canon Theologian and Almoner

The Right Reverend Anthony Ball
Canon Rector

The Reverend David Stanton
Sub-Dean and Canon Treasurer

Dean’s Verger
Martin Castledine RVM

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE
Dean of Westminster

Primatial Cross of Canterbury
borne by The Reverend Tosin Oladipo, Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby
Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan

The Reverend Canon Adrian Daffern
Chaplain Extraordinary to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Heralds of Arms

Professor Anne Curry
Arundel Herald Extraordinary

Thomas Lloyd OBE
Wales Herald Extraordinary

David Rankin-Hunt CVO MBE KCN TD
Norfolk Herald Extraordinary

John Robinson
Maltravers Herald Extraordinary

John Allen-Petrie OBE
Windsor Herald

The Honourable Christopher Fletcher-Vane
Chester Herald

Peter O’Donoghue
York Herald

Clive Cheesman
Richmond Herald

Paul Whybrew CVO RVM
Sergeant at Arms

Richard Thompson LVO
Sergeant at Arms

The Queen’s Ring
borne by The Right Reverend and Right Honourable the Lord Chartres GCVO

The Queen’s Rod
borne by the Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws KC

The Queen’s Sceptre
borne by General Sir Patrick Sanders KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen

St Edward’s Staff
borne by the Baroness Manningham-Buller LG DCB

The Sceptre with Cross
borne by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KT KBE CVO, High Steward of Westminster

The Ring
borne by Brigadier Andrew Jackson CBE, Keeper of the Jewel House

The Spur
borne by the Lord Hastings

The Spur
borne by the Earl of Loudoun

The Armills
borne by the Right Honourable the Lord Darzi of Denham OM KBE

The Jewelled Sword of Offering
borne by Petty Officer Amy Taylor

The Sword of Temporal Justice
borne by General the Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE 

Curtana, The Sword of Mercy
borne by Air Chief Marshal the Lord Peach GBE KCB

The Sword of Spiritual Justice
borne by General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO

Robert Noel
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms

Dr Joseph Morrow CVO CBE KC
Lord Lyon King of Arms

Timothy Duke
Clarenceux King of Arms

Alderman Nicholas Lyons
Lord Mayor of the City of London

The Earl of Courtown
Captain, The King’s Body Guard of The Yeoman of the Guard

The Earl of Dalhousie GCVO
Deputy Captain General, The King’s Body Guard for Scotland

The Right Honourable the Baroness Williams of Trafford
Captain, His Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of the Gentlemen at Arms

The Lord Carrington
Lord Great Chamberlain

The Earl of Crawford and Balcarres
Deputy to the Great Steward of Scotland

The Earl of Erroll
Lord High Constable of Scotland

The Most Reverend Dr Hosam Naoum
Archbishop in Jerusalem, bearing the Holy Bible

The Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin MBE CD
Bishop of Dover, bearing the Paten

The Right Reverend Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani
Bishop of Chelmsford, bearing the Chalice

The Right Reverend Richard Jackson
Bishop of Hereford, Bishop Assistant

Freddy Parker Bowles
Page of Honour

Arthur Elliot Jackson
Page of Honour

Annabel Elliot
The Queen’s Companion


The Right Reverend Graham Usher
Bishop of Norwich, Bishop Assistant

Louis Lopes
Page of Honour

Gus Lopes
Page of Honour

The Marchioness of Lansdowne
The Queen’s Companion

Major Oliver Plunket
The Groom of the Robes

The Right Reverend Dr Michael Beasley
Bishop of Bath and Wells, Bishop Assistant

Nicholas Barclay
Page of Honour

The Lord Oliver Cholmondeley
Page of Honour


The Right Reverend Paul Butler
Bishop of Durham, Bishop Assistant

Ralph Tollemache
Page of Honour

Prince George of Wales
Page of Honour

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Thompson
The Groom of the Robes

Princess Charlotte of Wales

Prince Louis of Wales

The Princess of Wales

The Prince of Wales

The Lord de Mauley TD
Master of the Horse

The Earl of Rosslyn CVO QPM
Lord Steward

The Right Honourable the Lord Parker of Minsmere GCVO KCB
Lord Chamberlain

The Right Honourable Sir Edward Young KCVO
Joint Principal Private Secretary to The King

Sophie Densham LVO
Private Secretary to The Queen

The Right Honourable Sir Clive Alderton KCVO
Principal Private Secretary to The King and The Queen

Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt KCVO CB OBE
Master of the Household

Sir Michael Stevens KCVO
Keeper of the Privy Purse

Tim Knox
Director of the Royal Collection

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon
Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain’s Office

King Charles III arrives for his coronation at Westminster Abbey
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