The celebrities take their seats: Jay Blades, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson lead the guests arriving at Westminster Abbey for the King’s coronation
- Hundreds of guests will be seated in Westminster Abbey at 9:00 am
Celebrities Jay Blades, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson lead the guests arriving at Westminster Abbey for the King’s coronation.
Stephen Fry was also one of the first celebrities to arrive at the Abbey this morning for the coronation of King Charles III.
Other celebrities who have arrived include Lionel Richie, Nick Cave, Dynamo and the popular TV duo Ant and Dec.
They are among the hundreds of invited guests who must be seated at the abbey by 9am – hours before the arrival of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.
They will soon be joined by other famous faces, including Amanda Holden.
Jay Blades is one of hundreds of invitees who must be seated at the abbey at 9:00 am
Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie (center) arrives this morning – he can be seen among many staff working for the coronation
Stephen Fry (pictured) was one of the first guests to arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning for the coronation of King Charles III
Dame Emma Thompson DBE, British actress and screenwriter, gives her thumbs up as she arrives
TV duo Ant and Dec are being interviewed outside – they are among the lucky guests
Dynamo and Kelly Jones arrive at Westminster Abbey smartly dressed in suits
Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave near Westminster Abbey this morning
Andrea Leadsom arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the coronation
Lionel Richie at the Abbey. The event has tight security and police
Guests for the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla line up on Lambeth Bridge, London, ahead of the ceremony at Westminster Abbey
Metropolitan Police officers and security guards gather at The Mall ahead of King Charles III’s coronation
VI Stephen Fry, 65, was one of the first celebrity guests to arrive this morning. In the photo, he was queuing to enter the church donning a black blazer, cream double-breasted vest, white shirt and purple tie.
When Ant and Dec joined soon after, Ant said, “It’s a great privilege to be invited to a coronation — a wonderful day.”
Dec added that it was “surreal” and joked when he got the invite that he thought it was supposed to be an “excitement.”
Hundreds of policemen, soldiers and staff from coronation events were seen on the roads near Westminster Abbey.
Metropolitan Police and military policemen patrolled the route from Victoria to Westminster from the early hours of Saturday.
Royal fans with Union flags and crowns were seen on trains and in subway stations from just after 4:30am.
Some were seen with tents, chairs and sleeping bags.