King Charles III’s Coronation plans are “going to the wire”, a royal source has revealed. Organisers preparing for the day have hours left until the King officially receives his crown, and their nerves are reportedly shredded. The source said there were “plenty of last-minute nerves” ahead of the occasion but sought to quell any doubts that this would lead to setbacks.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the source said that organisers expect everything will “be alright on the night”.
They said: “It’s still very much a case of it’ll be alright on the night but the main thing is everyone is pulling in the same direction to do the whole occasion justice.”
While they indicated there is some anxiety among staff, there were no signs of nerves from man of the hour, King Charles.
He took the time to greet members of the public in central London today as the final preparations took shape.
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The King, flanked by the Prince and Princess of Wales, greeted well-wishers at the Mall during an impromptu appearance this afternoon.
Flocks of royal fans have gathered in the area – which leads to Buckingham Palace – over the last few days, many of whom have travelled from abroad.
The trio were greeted with cheers of “hip, hip, hurrah!” and “God save the King!” when they walked down the stretch this afternoon.
They were all smiles as they chatted with some of those excitedly clamouring around them.
One fan prompted laughter from the monarch when they asked the King whether he was nervous ahead of the event.
He was also heard speaking to some children, saying: “No school? You’ve done very well!”.
There were some nerves, however, according to the Princess of Wales.
She told the crowds that they were “excited” for the big day but admitted they were “a bit nervous”.
Another royal who seemed nervous ahead of the event was Prince Andrew, who was pictured earlier today as he left his Windsor home.
He was seen behind the wheel of his Range Rover as he drove away from the Royal Lodge this morning.
He appeared worried as he travelled to go swimming the day before the Coronation.
The prince and his brother were reportedly locked in an argument over what he would wear on the day, with sources claiming he has been asked not to wear his Royal Knight of the Garter robes.