After years of planning, Coronation of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, is almost upon us.
The ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where Up to 2,000 guests, including world leaders and dignitaries, are expected to attend.
Royal fanatics have been camping on the edge of The Mall for daysEager to secure a prime spot to watch the procession pass Buckingham Palace.
But if you are planning to avoid it and do something else then you will find that you are disappointed. Here, we look at how the coronation is affecting everything from TV scheduling to transport and football.
In 1953, many people gathered around newly purchased television sets to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Some 20 million people tuned in to watch it on the BBC, making it their biggest broadcast event at the time.
To mark the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla, BBC 1 and 2, ITV and Sky will all be doing wall-to-wall coverage with live broadcasts.
Viewers will also be able to watch the Coronation Concert from Windsor Castle on Sunday night at 8pm via the BBC.
Channel 4 is opting for an alternative experience, broadcasting films including Johnny English and The Italian Job throughout the day.
Channel 5 will also provide some respite during the ceremony, showing the child-friendly options SpongeBob SquarePants and The Adventures of Paddington.
No major shops or businesses, including supermarket chains, have announced any changes to their opening hours. Any business that would normally be open on Saturdays is expected to operate as normal, including banks.
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday timings will continue as usual.
Pubs across the country gear up to mark the occasion, serving customers an extra two hours a day between Friday and Sunday in England and Wales.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman confirmed that licensing hours would be extended from 11pm to 1am to allow customers to “enjoy an extra pint or two” to mark the “significant occasion”.
As the Premier League continues, many of the men’s games have been moved.
Every one of the 10 fixtures scheduled over the weekend will be played – but none during the coronation ceremony.
The Liverpool vs Brentford match, originally scheduled for the first Saturday, will now take place at 5.30pm. West Ham’s home game against Manchester United has also been moved from Saturday to Sunday, while the Fulham v Leicester match has been moved to Monday 8 May.
The only match to be played in London on Saturday is Tottenham v Crystal Palace, which will start at 3pm to ease crowds arriving in the capital.
For the Women’s Super League, there is no match scheduled for Saturday. There are five games scheduled for Sunday – including Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool v Manchester City – which will go ahead as normal.
The Premier League has strongly advised all clubs to play the national anthem at matches this weekend, with Liverpool confirming it will do so “in recognition” of the request.
“Of course, it is a personal choice how people mark the occasion at Anfield on Saturday and we know some supporters have strong views on this”, the club said.
Restrictions are in place in Westminster from 7pm on Friday 5 May.
westminster council map is published Giving details of all areas closed to vehicles to anyone wishing to travel in central London using public transport.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport also sent letters to businesses and residents affected by the road closure.
To mark the occasion, Transport for London will run all transport networks without disruption on Saturday 6 May. No engineering work is planned.
Night Tube and Night Overground services will also continue to run on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May, although there will be some changes to bus service routes and times, particularly those running through central London.