In order to participate in the coronation, thousands of soldiers and other military personnel hopped off trains at Waterloo this morning.
This morning, more than 5,000 people rode trains to the capital in what is thought to be the largest military staff transfer on British rails since Sir Winston Churchill’s burial in 1965.
Seven South Western Railway trains, two chartered West Coast Railways trains, and personnel from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, and Commonwealth troops were utilised for the trip.
The soldiers, sailors and aviators arrived to the sound of a special announcement recorded by the King and Queen, which is being played at stations across Britain this weekend.
After leaving Waterloo, they marched over Westminster Bridge to assemble ahead of the coronation.
They headed across the bridge and onto Birdcage Walk.
Coronation of King Charles III latest
The military personnel are leading processions accompanying the King and Queen to and from Westminster Abbey.
Network Rail’s Wessex route director Mark Killick said: ‘We are delighted to have welcomed over 5,000 armed forces personnel to London Waterloo this morning in what is the biggest movement of military personnel by the rail industry since 1965.
‘The coronation of the King and the Queen Consort is of huge national significance and we’re very proud of the role we are playing, not only in helping transport the armed forces but also the many thousands of customers who are travelling by train to London to take part and celebrate this occasion.
‘I would like to thank the many colleagues who are working exceptionally hard to ensure our customers experience smooth and pleasant journeys and I would like to wish customers an enjoyable and memorable coronation weekend.’
South Western Railway managing director Claire Mann said: ‘We are proud to support the armed forces in their ceremonial duties for what will be an unforgettable day for the whole country.
‘I’m very grateful for the hard work and support of all of my colleagues who have made these special trains possible, and the additional services we are providing to Windsor & Eton Riverside for the coronation concert tomorrow.
‘On behalf of all colleagues at South Western Railway, I wish everyone a happy coronation weekend.’
Lieutenant Colonel Belinda Forsythe, deputy chief of staff for the London district, who has overseen the military operation’s logistics, said: ‘The coronation is a momentous occasion and it’s with immense pride that UK and Commonwealth armed forces are taking in the largest military ceremonial operation of its kind for a generation.
‘For the thousands of soldiers, sailors and aviators from the UK and across the Commonwealth to arrive in London together by train before marching off to take part in this historic ceremony was a unique and special moment and my thanks go to all involved in making it happen.’
Later this morning the armed forces will take part in the King’s coronation as he is anointed at Westminster Abbey at lunchtime.
It is the first UK coronation since that of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.