Thousands of people have worked hard in recent weeks to escape from the coronation of King Charles III. (74) to make a spectacle of gigantic proportions. Just how much effort is behind everything is illustrated by the numbers of meals prepared for the military personnel who were involved in the preparations.
By the end of the rehearsals for the major event, there will be a total of 122,445 meals provided to the staff. There were also 81,630 boiled eggs and 74,130 sausages and 81,630 liters of bottled water issued, according to the British Army's website.
As the British government announced a few weeks ago, more than 6,000 women and men from the British armed forces are expected to take part in the celebrations. Almost 400 military members from at least 35 Commonwealth nations should also be present. It was the largest ceremonial military operation in 70 years.
Among other things, a six-minute air parade with 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force was announced. In the worst case, however, the planned air show could be canceled if the weather on Saturday does not cooperate. However, this is the "last resort", reports the British "Daily Mail". A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said that there were several alternative options.
Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, the Earl Marshal in charge of planning the coronation, had roughly explained in April what the two processions on Coronation Saturday would look like. As part of a smaller procession, King Charles III. and his wife, Queen Camilla (75), on May 6, first on the way from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. After the ceremony there, a second procession takes you back to the palace. This should be "huge", "with all the splendor that Great Britain can muster". Several media outlets, including the BBC, have recently reported that the coronation is estimated to cost between £50m and £100m. Converted, this would be up to around 115 million euros. However, these are not official numbers.