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Charles and Camilla, the future king and queen, have departed Buckingham Palace and are making their way to Westminster Abbey, where they will be installed.

Their majesties departed the palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach for the brief trip across London, guarded by The Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry.

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The King and Camilla turned out of the Palace and walked down the Mall to the cheers of the crowd.

Royal fans had been waiting for days to see the King and despite the rain that started to fall as the couple headed down the Mall didn’t let it dampen their spirits.

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The Diamond Jubilee state coach is the most modern of the royal carriages and has electric windows and air conditioning.

The coach was originally meant to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday, but its construction was delayed.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort travelling in the Diamond Jubilee Coach built in 2012 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England. The Coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the other Commonwealth realms takes place at Westminster Abbey today. Charles acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022, upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The King dressed in a velvet robe, complete with gold lace looked on nervously as he went past thousands of fans dressed in red, white and blue (Picture: Getty)
King Charles III and Queen Camilla are carried in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach in the King's Procession from Buckingham Palace to their coronation ceremony London. Picture date: Saturday May 6, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Coronation. Photo credit should read: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire
Queen Camilla wore a fantastic white jacket with gold embellishing as she embodied the lavish sentiments of the coronation in her attire (Picture: PA)
Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla sit in Diamond Jubilee State Coach at Buckingham Palace on the day of coronation ceremony, in London, Britain May 6, 2023. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The King waved to the crowds as he headed down the Mall (Picture: REUTERS)
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Huge crowds have been waiting patiently for days to get the best spot of the coronation (Picture: Sky News)
A light bit of rain didn’t let spirits down (Picture: Sky News)
A light bit of rain didn’t let spirits down (Picture: Sky News)
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The carriage was pulled by six horses as it left Buckingham Palace (Picture: Sky News)
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The King looked on nervously in the moments before the biggest moment of his life (Picture: Sky)

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Britain's King Charles sits in Diamond Jubilee State Coach at Buckingham Palace on the day of coronation ceremony, in London, Britain May 6, 2023. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The air-conditioned carriage will be the setting for the King and Camilla as they make their trip towards Westminster Abbey (Picture: REUTERS)
Britain's King Charles' arrives at Buckingham Palace on the day of his coronation ceremony, in London, Britain May 6, 2023. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The King and Camilla arriving at Buckingham Palace earlier this morning (Picture: REUTERS)

Instead, it was made to mark 60 years of her reign in 2012. The coach is more than 16 feet (five metres) long and weighs more than three tons, needing six horses to pull it.

The King’s Guard turned out the forecourt and gave a Royal Salute as The King, The Queen Consort and other Members of the Royal family also left the palace.

The trip is less than a mile, and the route will be filled with pomp and grandeur.

The 33-minute journey to Westminster Abbey began with the tri-service Guard of Honour outside Buckingham Palace’s gates giving a royal salute, as the King and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Coach first emerged, and the national anthem was played by a military band.

Huge Union flags and others from Commonwealth nations flew from poles in The Mall and Charles and Camilla’s route was lined by guardsmen in their distinctive red tunics and bearskins.

The Sovereign’s Escort was led by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment band, 48 horses and musicians with two drum horses Atlas and Apollo leading the way, playing eight marches along the route.

Following were four divisions from the Household Cavalry with the King’s coach in the middle – two from the Blues and Royals taking the lead and Life Guards behind the carriage with the farriers carrying their axes at the rear.

Crowds had been building up in the capital since dawn with the streets around the procession route – The Mall, Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Square – thronged with people.

Earlier, the King and Queen made their first appearance of coronation day when they travelled the short distance from their Clarence House home for final preparations at Buckingham Palace.

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