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A hat, union jack suit and a blue beard: Meet the fans who have never missed a royal event

NewsA hat, union jack suit and a blue beard: Meet the fans who have never missed a royal event

Three friends, Faith Nicholson from the UK, Dana Warner from Connecticut in the US and Cynthia Price from Montreal, Canada, met after attending a series of royal events together over the years and have been camped out on the Mall for a few days.

Ms Warner and Ms Price flew over from across the Atlantic last week and said the cost of the flights was worth it to be a “part of history”.

Ms Nicholson has even been at every royal event since then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981, including weddings, funerals and now the Coronation.

The trio met at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding at Windsore in 2018, with all three also attending Prince William and Princess Kate’s wedding in 2011.

Ms Warner donned an incredible homemade hat for the occasion, featuring Union Jack flags, golden crowns, cutouts of the King and little models of Charles and Queen Camilla perched on top, although Charles recently had to be glued back on after he fell off.

She told Express.co.uk: “I’m anxious to see the King and Queen after they’re crowned in the Gold Coach with their crowns on, and the balcony appearance.”

Following the grand Coronation Procession back up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, which will see the King and Queen travelling in the Gold State Coach accompanied by the rest of the royals and a parade of military personnel from the UK and abroad, the family will take to the balcony to greet crowds and observe the RAF flypast.

The women agreed they were looking forward to seeing the younger royals on the balcony, especially “trooper” Prince Louis as he is “always so much fun”.

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County Durham native Bartley Graham, who wore a striking Union Jack suit, arrived at the Mall earlier this week and said he would have been down before but had to discharge himself from hospital in order to be there, “purely to make sure I was here in jolly good time for a jolly good spot”.

Mr Graham said he was really excited to see the Queen Consort’s crown as she travels back down the Mall.

Camilla will be wearing Queen Mary’s crown for the Coronation, marking the first time in history a new crown will not be commissioned for the Consort to be coronated in.

The royal fan was dressed in a Union Jack suit with matching tie, although he pointed out he was reserving his best Union Jack shirt for Saturday. He also dyed his hair and beard red and blue for the event.

He accessorised it with two badges, one from the Palace itself and another given to him by a friend who was also camped out at the Mall.

The first glimpse of the King and Queen Consort will be had in the morning when they leave Buckingham Palace to travel in the King’s Procession to Westminster Abbey, where the service will begin at 11am.

The journey back to the Palace, the Coronation Procession, will be much grander and will see Charles and Camilla being driven in the impressive 260-year-old Gold State Coach.

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