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Coronation – live: William and Kate make unexpected visit to concert queue

The Prince and Princess of Wales have made a surprise appearance to Windsor to meet fans congregating for the coronation concert.

Crowds started arriving at Windsor Castle hours before the star-studded concert starts at 8pm on Sunday, with many draped in Union flags and wearing Union flag dresses.

William and Kate were seen shaking hands and chatting to revellers, with William telling one group of well-wishers: “Enjoy the concert tonight.”

King Charles III and Queen Camilla will be joining around 20,000 members of the public at the concert in Windsor where, along with other family members, they will see performances by Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

It comes after Buckingham Palace issued the King and Queen’s first statement since the couple was crowned, saying they were “deeply touched” by the nation’s celebration of their historic coronation.

An average of 18.8 million people in the UK watched the lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey, with audience figures peaking at 20.4 million when the King was crowned just after midday.

Ahead of the show on Sunday evening, thousands of street parties are taking place, with people encouraged to come together across the country for the Coronation Big Lunch.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh attended a big lunch in Cranleigh, while the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence will attend a community street party in Swindon, and Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will attend a big lunch in Windsor.

Coronation news – latest updates

  • Prince and Princess of Wales surprise coronation concert-goers to greet them in Windsor

  • Watch live as Prince William and Princess Kate do a walkabout in Windsor

  • Coronation celebrations continue with royals at lunches and glittering concert

  • Everything you need to know about coronation concert

  • Duke of Sussex returns to California on British Airways flight

  • Peak TV audience of over 20 million watched coronation

  • Dozens of arrests ‘set dangerous precedent'

  • How Penny Mordaunt became the surprise star of the coronation

Prince and Princess of Wales surprise coronation concert-goers to greet them in Windsor

13:56 , Tara Cobham

The Prince and Princess of Wales have made a surprise appearance to greet coronation concert-goers on The Long Walk in Windsor on Sunday.

Prince William and Princess Kate are chatting to well-wishers who have lined the streets after King Charles III's coronation.

The Prince and Princess of Wales surprised fans in Windsor with a walkabout as the King and Queen thanked well-wishers for their support.

William and Kate made the unannounced appearance ahead of Sunday’s star-studded coronation concert at Windsor Castle and were seen shaking hands and chatting to revellers.

Scores of people crowded around the couple, with William crouching down to chat to a boy and girl wearing golden crowns.

The prince and princess looked relaxed, with William telling one group of well-wishers: “Enjoy the concert tonight.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales have made a surprise appearance to greet coronation concert-goers on The Long Walk in Windsor (Reuters)
The Prince and Princess of Wales have made a surprise appearance to greet coronation concert-goers on The Long Walk in Windsor (Reuters)
Prince William greeting royal fans who have arrived at Windsor Castle hours before the coronation concert is set to begin at 8pm (Reuters)
Prince William greeting royal fans who have arrived at Windsor Castle hours before the coronation concert is set to begin at 8pm (Reuters)
Prince William and Princess Kate are spotted doing a walkabout in Windsor for the coronation weekend (Reuters)
Prince William and Princess Kate are spotted doing a walkabout in Windsor for the coronation weekend (Reuters)

Prince William and Princess Kate joke with children as they greet royal fans at Windsor Castle

15:17 , Emily Atkinson

The Prince and Princess of Wales surprised royal fans waiting at Windsor Castle for an impromptu walkabout ahead of the coronation concert this evening (7 May).

Kate and William arrived at the Long Walk this afternoon sipping gin and beer, as fans, who have waited out for hours, ran over to greet them.

One little girl got so overwhelmed that she burst into tears upon meeting the royals, while William could be heard telling another group to “enjoy the concert”.

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Prince and Princess of Wales joke with children during Windsor Castle walkabout

Big Lunch highlights

15:06 , Emily Atkinson

Street parties are in full swing across the country, as the festivities to mark the crowning of King Charles III continue.

In a jolly addition to yesterday’s proceedings, Britons are joining together to share in a day of eating, drinking and, later, music – with the coronation concert set to strike up later this evening.

Here are some of the highlights from Britain’s bunting-lined streets:

In a jolly addition to yesterday’s proceedings, Britons are joining together to share in a day of eating, drinking and, later, music – with the coronation concert set to strike up later this evening.

Afternoon tea is shared between neighbours during celebrations on the prom in Morecambe (REUTERS)
Afternoon tea is shared between neighbours during celebrations on the prom in Morecambe (REUTERS)
Rishi Sunak pets his dog Nova during a Coronation Big Lunch organised in Downing Street (AFP via Getty Images)
Rishi Sunak pets his dog Nova during a Coronation Big Lunch organised in Downing Street (AFP via Getty Images)
Residents enjoy a coronation street party in the village of Lampeter Velfrey, Wales (REUTERS)
Residents enjoy a coronation street party in the village of Lampeter Velfrey, Wales (REUTERS)
Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales greet well-wishers along the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle (REUTERS)
Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales greet well-wishers along the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle (REUTERS)
A Big Lunch at Regent’s Park, in London (REUTERS)
A Big Lunch at Regent’s Park, in London (REUTERS)

Jill Biden spotted at Downing Street coronation lunch

14:17 , Tara Cobham

Britain's Prime Minister wife Akshata Murty welcomes US First Lady Jill Biden for a Coronation Big Lunch organised in Downing Street (AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister wife Akshata Murty welcomes US First Lady Jill Biden for a Coronation Big Lunch organised in Downing Street (AFP/Getty Images)

Watch live as Prince William and Princess Kate do a walkabout in Windsor

14:09 , Tara Cobham

Watch live as the Prince and Princess of Wales meet royal fans in Windsor on a walkabout on Sunday, 7 May.

Prince William and Princess Kate are chatting to well-wishers who have lined the streets after King Charles III's coronation.

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Watch live: William and Kate meet royal fans on walkabout in Windsor after coronation

Rishi Sunak arrives at lunch in Downing Street to celebrate coronation

13:53 , Tara Cobham

Rishi Sunak has arrived at a lunch in Downing Street to celebrate the King’s coronation.

Alongside his wife Akshata Murty and daughters Anoushka and Krishna, he walked out of the famous Number 10 door saying: “Hello, how are you?”

He then began mingling with the invited guests.

His two daughters and his wife Akshata Murty are also hosting the event.

Rishi Sunak has arrived at a lunch in Downing Street to celebrate the King’s coronation (AFP via Getty)
Rishi Sunak has arrived at a lunch in Downing Street to celebrate the King’s coronation (AFP via Getty)
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, his wife Akshata Murty and daughters Anoushka and Krishna attend the Big Lunch event on Downing Street to celebrate the coronation of Britain's King Charles (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, his wife Akshata Murty and daughters Anoushka and Krishna attend the Big Lunch event on Downing Street to celebrate the coronation of Britain's King Charles (Reuters)

Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh attending Coronation Big Lunch in Cranleigh, Surrey

13:50 , Tara Cobham

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh attending the Coronation Big Lunch in Cranleigh, Surrey (PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh attending the Coronation Big Lunch in Cranleigh, Surrey (PA)

Prince of Wales to give speech at coronation concert

13:49 , Tara Cobham

The Prince of Wales will take to the stage and give a speech at the coronation concert, Kensington Palace has said.

The Palace also tweeted footage of William walking up to a microphone during behind-the-scenes preparations.

A voice can be heard saying: “OK, Prince of Wales. It’s time for your rehearsal” before William strides out towards the microphone.

Guests arrive at Downing Street for coronation lunch with Prime Minister

13:27 , Tara Cobham

Guests have begun arriving in Downing Street for a lunch with the Prime Minister and his wife to mark the King’s coronation.

There was a hum of excited chatter as those invited – including volunteers, Ukrainian refugees and youth group members – sipped fruit drinks and took photos in front of the famous Number 10 door as they awaited the arrival of Rishi Sunak.

The street was bedecked in Union flag bunting and music was being played by the RAF Northolt brass quintet.

Mr Sunak and Akshata Murty are hosting the event as part of the Big Lunch celebrations taking place across the country over the coronation weekend.

The tables are set up for Downing Street hosting a big lunch to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla (Getty Images)
The tables are set up for Downing Street hosting a big lunch to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla (Getty Images)

King and Queen “deeply touched” by nation’s celebration of coronation

13:20 , Tara Cobham

The King and Queen were “deeply touched” by the nation’s celebration of their historic coronation, Buckingham Palace has said.

A Palace spokesman said: “Their Majesties were deeply touched by the events of yesterday and profoundly grateful both to all those who helped to make it such a glorious occasion – and to the very many who turned out to show their support in such numbers in London and further afield.”

In pictures: Coronation celebrations on day after ceremony

13:17 , Tara Cobham

People celebrate Britain's King Charles' coronation with the Big Lunch at Regent's Park (Reuters)
People celebrate Britain's King Charles' coronation with the Big Lunch at Regent's Park (Reuters)
People take selfies at The Big Lunch at The Long Walk during the Coronation (Getty Images)
People take selfies at The Big Lunch at The Long Walk during the Coronation (Getty Images)
Royal fans set up for the day at The Big Lunch at The Long Walk during the Coronation (Getty Images)
Royal fans set up for the day at The Big Lunch at The Long Walk during the Coronation (Getty Images)

Anti-monarchy group head labels arrests ‘direct attack on our democracy’

12:59 , Tara Cobham

The head of an anti-monarchy group arrested ahead of a planned protest on coronation day has labelled the detention of him and others as a "direct attack on our democracy".

Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, was released by the Metropolitan Police at around 11pm on Saturday after being detained in the morning before the King's procession to Westminster Abbey.

In a statement, he said: "Yesterday, as we prepared for a peaceful and lawful protest, a number of Republic's team were arrested and detained for the rest of the day.

"These arrests are a direct attack on our democracy and the fundamental rights of every person in the country. Each and every police officer involved on the ground should hang their heads in shame. They showed no judgement, no common sense and no basic decency. This was a heavy handed action which had the appearance of a pre-determined arrest that would have occurred regardless of the evidence or our actions.

"The right to protest peacefully in the UK no longer exists. Instead we have a freedom to protest that is contingent on political decisions made by ministers and senior police officers.

"The right to dissent and protest is one of the most profound and important rights in a democracy. Many people will disagree with what we were protesting about, but that right to protest must be protected. Anyone may find themselves wanting to protest against a government policy, a grave injustice or in solidarity with victims of a visiting world leader. Such protests must always be freely conducted as a matter of right, not on the basis of permission from the state."

Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, was released by the Metropolitan Police at around 11pm on Saturday after being detained in the morning before the King's procession to Westminster Abbey (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, was released by the Metropolitan Police at around 11pm on Saturday after being detained in the morning before the King's procession to Westminster Abbey (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

What time do the pubs close today?

12:54 , Tara Cobham

Keen to raise a late-night toast to celebrate the coronation, or just because you’re enjoying the bank holiday weekend? Depending on what part of the UK you are in, you may well be in luck.

Pubs in England and Wales will be able to continue serving customers for two hours beyond their usual closing time, with the extended licensing hours applying from 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There won’t be extended licensing hours on the bank holiday Monday (8 May) but you can expect events and activities happening across England and Wales to celebrate the weekend.

Ellie Muir reports.

What time do the pubs close today?

Is there a bank holiday tomorrow for the coronation?

12:51 , Tara Cobham

Is there a bank holiday tomorrow for King Charles’ coronation?

Queen’s coronation bouquet laid in Westminster Abbey

12:38 , Tara Cobham

The Queen’s coronation bouquet has been laid at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Buckingham Palace has said.

The flowers were placed on the grave at Westminster Abbey at Camilla’s request following Saturday’s coronation service at the church.

A tweet from the King and Queen’s official twitter account – @RoyalFamily – shows a delicate bouquet of yellow, white and pink flowers sitting on the tomb.

It is a simple-tied bunch of English spring flowers including auriculas and lily of the valley – both of which featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 2005 – along with hellebores, which the King wore in his buttonhole during the couple’s wedding 18 years ago and are a particular favourite of his.

The Queen’s coronation bouquet has been laid at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Buckingham Palace has said (PA)
The Queen’s coronation bouquet has been laid at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Buckingham Palace has said (PA)

Weather set to warm up for Coronation Big Lunches

12:31 , Tara Cobham

Sunday looks set to be the hottest day of the year so far as coronation celebrations continue with Big Lunches across the country.

Highs of 23C are forecast for the East Midlands and down to London, beating the previous high for this year of 21.2C on April 17.

Some showers are predicted across eastern England and Scotland, but the vast majority of the country can expect sunny spells throughout the day, the Met Office said.

The warmest temperatures are expected in the late afternoon, when many Britons will be out enjoying their Coronation Big Lunches.

It will be welcome news for many royal fans who spent Saturday standing in the heavy rain in central London to catch a glimpse of the coronation procession.

However, many said even the wet weather could not dampen their spirits.

Natalie Mahone, 32, camped overnight on The Mall with her mother and said she would be out to see the coronation “come rain or shine”.

“Come rain or shine we have come to see the coronation and King Charles,” she said. “Everyone I’ve spoken to has said ‘If it rains we’ll get wet, we’ll dry out’ – the weather is not going to put a lot of people off.”

Royal fans arrive in Windsor hours before coronation concert starts

12:26 , Tara Cobham

Royal fans have started arriving in Windsor hours before the coronation concert at 8pm.

People draped with Union flags and dressed in Union flag dresses have been flooding off trains at the station.

Garry and Donna Howarth travelled down from Bolton after winning tickets to the event.

Mr Howarth, dressed in a Union flag blazer, said: “We are here just for the concert. We have come down for the weekend.

“We are about 10 hours early but we will have a look around and see what we can.”

Mrs Howarth said: “I’m so excited to be here.”

The pair are keen to see opera singers perform at the concert and decided to avoid the coronation on Saturday because of the rain.

The adorable prince who reinvented the royal wave... how Louis stole the show again

12:23 , Tara Cobham

Prince Louis may only be five years old, but he’s already perfected the art of an iconic balcony moment.

The young prince, who hit the headlines last year when he kept the crowd entertained at his great-grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, once again stole the show with an adorable double handed wave when he appeared on the Palace balcony after his grandfather’s crowning moment.

Eleanor Noyce and Emily Atkinson report.

The adorable prince who reinvented the royal wave

Coronation celebrations in pictures

12:13 , Tara Cobham

Across the country, coronation celebrations continue, with many taking part in Big Lunches.

People hold drinks during a picnic in a garden at Windsor Castle, a day after the coronation of Britain's King Charles, in Windsor (Reuters)
People hold drinks during a picnic in a garden at Windsor Castle, a day after the coronation of Britain's King Charles, in Windsor (Reuters)
Sunday looks set to be the hottest day of the year so far as coronation celebrations continue with Big Lunches across the country (PA Wire)
Sunday looks set to be the hottest day of the year so far as coronation celebrations continue with Big Lunches across the country (PA Wire)
Royal fans dressed in royal-themed costumes attend a picnic while waiting for a coronation concert at Windsor Castle (Reuters)
Royal fans dressed in royal-themed costumes attend a picnic while waiting for a coronation concert at Windsor Castle (Reuters)

Penny Mordaunt speaks out after viral moment at King’s coronation

12:05 , Tara Cobham

Penny Mordaunt has addressed her starring moment at the coronation of King Charles III.

The politician, 50, who is the Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Privy Council, was, for many people, the surprise star of King Charles III’s coronation with her fierce teal outfit and robust sword-bearing skills.

Mordaunt has now addressed her viral moment at the coronation on Twitter, writing: “Honoured to be part of the coronation with thousands of others who played their part.

“I’m very aware that our armed forces, police officers and others have been marching or standing for hours as part of the ceremony or to keep us all safe. In comparison, my job was rather easier.

“Huge and heartfelt thanks to all who made this so remarkable. I’m so proud of you all and the King and Queen today.”

Ellie Muir reports.

Penny Mordaunt speaks out after viral coronation moment

Buckingham Palace Mall littered with soggy tents and union jacks in coronation aftermath

11:56 , Tara Cobham

Buckingham Palace Mall could be seen littered with rubbish including tents and flags in the aftermath of King Charles III’s coronation.

Some royalists had been out there for as long as a week, and had left their soggy belongings behind after a day of bad weather.

ITV’s Chris Ship, who filmed the clip, described the scene as ‘an abandoned campsite after a wet weekend at Glastonbury’.

Today’s coronation celebrations (7 May), will take place at Windsor Castle, with the coronation concert happening this evening.

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Buckingham Palace Mall littered with soggy tents and union jacks in coronation aftermath

Royal fans spot Queen Camilla had names discreetly embroidered on coronation dress

11:42 , Tara Cobham

Queen Camilla had the names of her children and grandchildren discreetly embroidered onto the bottom of her coronation dress, alongside a tribute to her rescue dogs.

The 75-year-old wore an elegant Bruce Oldfield couture gown to the coronation ceremony on Saturday.

Eagle-eyed royal fans spotted the dress appeared to feature the names of her two children, Tom and Laura, along with those of her grandchildren, Gus, Freddy, Louis, Eliza and Lola. They also noticed two puppies embroidered onto the grown, thought to represent Charles and Camilla's Jack Russell Terrier rescue dogs, Beth and Bluebell.

Queen Camilla had the names of her children and grandchildren embroidered onto the bottom of her coronation dress, alongside a tribute to her rescue dogs (PA/Getty Images)
Queen Camilla had the names of her children and grandchildren embroidered onto the bottom of her coronation dress, alongside a tribute to her rescue dogs (PA/Getty Images)

Peak TV audience of over 20 million watched coronation

11:28 , Tara Cobham

The King’s coronation service at Westminster Abbey was watched by more than 18 million viewers in the UK, provisional figures have shown.

The lavish ceremony on Saturday which saw Charles and Camilla crowned was broadcast simultaneously on a range of channels between about 11am and 1pm, including BBC One and Two, ITV and Sky News.

An average of 18.8 million people watched across 11 channels and services, with audience figures peaking at 20.4 million when the King was crowned just after midday, according to overnight ratings released by the research organisation Barb.

The bad weather in much of the UK could have boosted the viewing figures for the coronation by forcing people to stay indoors.

Although the figure is not quite as high as the ratings for the funeral service of the late Queen last September which was seen by 26.5 million people across more than 50 TV channels.

Follow The Independent’s live coverage of the coronation concert here

11:12 , Tara Cobham

A day after King Charles III’s coronation, much of the UK is turning its attention to Windsor Castle, where an extravagent concert is being held in the new monarch’s honour.

The line-up of performers for the event includes Take That, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry.

Festivities begin at 8pm. Those not in attendance who wish to do so will be able to watch the concert live on the BBC.

The concert will be staged on the East Lawn of the castle’s grounds, marking the first time an event like this has taken place on the property.

As well as the acts mentioned above, the night also sees acts such as Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, and classical-soul composer Alexis Ffrench perform.

Follow The Independent’s live coverage of the coronation concert here.

Coronation concert – live: Katy Perry and Take That prepare to perform as Zoe Ball drops out at last minute

Lionel Richie reveals inside joke with King Charles III about getting plastic surgery

11:09 , Tara Cobham

Lionel Richie has revealed he has a joke with King Charles III about getting a ‘Hollywood’-style makeover to remain youthful.

The pair are 73 and 74-years-old respectively, and became friends after Richie did some work with the Prince’s Trust.

“We have a little joke between us”, the singer began.

“He says, ‘How do you look the way I look and I look the way I look?’, I said, ‘You come to Hollywood and I can help you’.”

Richie is performing at tonight’s coronation concert (7 May).

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Lionel Richie reveals inside joke with King Charles III about getting plastic surgery

How Penny Mordaunt became the surprise star of the coronation

10:47 , Tara Cobham

Penny Mordaunt, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Privy Council, was the surprise star of King Charles III’s coronation with her fierce outfit and stoney-faced sword-bearing.

Mordaunt on Saturday 6 May became the first woman to carry the sword of state – a symbol of the new king’s authority – during the procession at Westminster Abbey.

Her part in the ceremony included carrying the heavy sword for a full 51 minutes, which weighs eight pounds (3.6kg), before exchanging it for the jewelled sword of offering and presenting that to Charles. Mordaunt kept a serious face and did not break a sweat while she was watched by thousands of people.

As part of an ancient custom, Mordaunt then “bought back” the glittering sword – part of the new King’s regalia or collection of objects which symbolise his responsibilities as monarch – from the Archbishop of Canterbury in exchange for 100 newly-minted 50p pieces bearing an effigy of Charles.

Her appearance at the crowning ceremony impressed royal fans on Twitter, with one person wondering: “Who had ‘Penny Mordaunt overshadowing everything’ on their bingo card?”

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How Penny Mordaunt became the surprise star of King Charles’ coronation

Everything you need to know about coronation concert

10:42 , Tara Cobham

King Charles III’s coronation is well and truly upon us, with a Bank Holiday weekend full of celebrations in full swing.

The official coronation took place yesterday, on Saturday 6 May, with a coronation concert taking place this evening (Sunday 7 May).

Staged at Windsor Castle and broadcast across the BBC, the concert will feature performances from Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Last summer, a royal concert was staged at Buckingham Palace for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, titled the Party at the Palace concert. Rod Stewart, Diana Ross and Queen were among those to perform.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Coronation Concert: Everything you need to know about King Charles’s musical celebration

Zoe Ball ‘absolutely gutted’ as sickness forces her to pull out of coronation concert

10:34 , Tara Cobham

Zoe Ball has said she is “absolutely gutted” as she has been forced to pull out of King Charles III's coronation concert due to sickness.

The BBC Radio 2 presenter announced on social media on Sunday morning that she is “heading back to bed” instead of covering the concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday evening.

The 52-year-old tweeted: “Absolutely gutted… the sickness bug has got me. Was meant to be heading to Windsor Castle for the coronation concert on BBC Radio 2 later.”

She added Dermot O'Leary and Scott Mills would be covering for her as she recovers from her illness.

Culture Secretary denies police went too far in policing the coronation

10:27 , Tara Cobham

The Culture Secretary has denied that police went too far in policing the coronation, saying they got the “balance right” and she has “huge confidence” in them.

Lucy Frazer also said police should take into account the context of events in determining their response.

She told Sky News: “What they have to do is balance the right to protest, which is important in a democracy. At the same time there’s the right of all those other people to enjoy what was a fabulous day. I think, overall, they managed to get that balance right.”

Asked whether she trusted the police to use new laws to prevent disruptive protests, she said: “Yes, I do trust them to use those new powers. I have huge confidence in the police.

“I think it’s absolutely right that they have the powers that they need in order to ensure that people can go to go on their day-to-day lives at the same time as respecting people’s rights to protest.”

She added: “I think it is really important that they take into account the context of the event because this was an event that would have raised questions about national security. This was an event on the world stage.”

Prince Harry shuns British brands to wear Dior to coronation

10:10 , Shweta Sharma

The Duke of Sussex eschewed British fashion brands to wear a suit by French label Dior to his father’s coronation, fuelling speculation he may be about to sign an endorsement deal with the company.

Prince Harry was photographed in a suit with a waistcoat for the ceremony, at which he sat in the third row.

Harry, who left swiftly after the coronation to catch a flight from Heathrow, wore his dark morning suit and tie with his Afghanistan and Jubilee medals pinned to his suit jacket.

He also wore a Royal Victorian Order star and neck decoration.

Luxury fashion house Dior tweeted that it had dressed the duke in a custom design by celebrity favourite British-born Kim Jones, saying to do so was an “honour”.

The brand has often been a go-to choice for Harry’s wife, Meghan, who wore a Dior outfit to the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations last summer.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Council ‘deeply concerned’ by reports women’s safety volunteers arrested at coronation

09:48 , Tara Cobham

A council has said it is “deeply concerned” by reports that volunteers who work on women’s safety were arrested in the early hours of coronation day.

The Metropolitan Police said that at around 2am on Saturday three people were stopped by officers and arrested in the Soho area of central London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

Among items seized were a number of rape alarms, the force said. Those arrested were reportedly volunteers with Westminster Council’s nightlife safety team.

The Met said it “received intelligence that indicated groups and individuals seeking to disrupt today’s coronation proceedings were planning to use rape alarms to disrupt the procession”.

The three people – a 37-year-old woman, a 59-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man – were taken to a south London police station, where they were questioned.

The 47-year-old man was also further arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, police said.

All three have since been released on bail pending further inquiries.