The historic coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey was attended by an array of prominent figures from the entertainment industry. Leading the pack of celebrities were British acting legends Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson, who were among the first guests to arrive at the prestigious venue.
Stephen Fry was seen donning a sophisticated ensemble consisting of a black jacket, a cream double-breasted waistcoat, a white shirt, and a purple tie as he queued to enter the abbey. Joining him were fellow actresses Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, and Emma Thompson, along with renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Other notable figures in attendance included Lionel Richie, Nick Cave, and Dynamo. The guests, who numbered in the hundreds, were instructed to take their seats by 9 am local time, ahead of the arrival of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.
Australian comedian and The Last Leg host Adam Hills, who was among the celebrities representing his country, shared his concerns about the early arrival time. "We need to be there at 7.30 in the morning, we’ve been told that where we check in there are toilets, but that is 600 meters from Westminster Abbey and once we’re seated, there’s limited toilet availability," Hills told PA.
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Nick Cave's Controversial Attendance
Nick Cave, who is not known to be a royalist, explained his reasons for attending the coronation in an open letter.
"I am not a monarchist, nor am I a royalist, nor am I an ardent republican – but I am also not 'so damn grouchy as to refuse an invitation to what will more than likely be the most important historical event in the UK of our age,'" he wrote.
Security Measures in Place
The roads surrounding Westminster Abbey were lined with hundreds of police, soldiers, and royal staff, with police and military police officers patrolling the area from the early hours of Saturday.
Royalists, armed with flags and crowns, could be seen on trains and at tube stations shortly after 4:30 am, and hundreds of people camped out overnight to secure a good view of the day's events. The coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey is a grand affair attended by a mix of celebrities, dignitaries, and members of the public, who gathered to witness the historic event.