King Charles III’s coronation ceremony on May 6, 2023, will feature several ancient traditions, including a flypast of the Red Arrows. The flypast is scheduled to take place at around 2.15 pm BST, following the coronation ceremony at 11 am BST and King Charles’ return to Buckingham Palace at 1 pm BST. Members of all three UK armed forces will display their aerial talents in the flypast, which will be watched by His Majesty and other senior members of the royal family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The Flypast Route
The Red Arrows’ flypast will first be visible over the North Sea and then over several sections of England, including East Anglia and Essex. After their journey over Green Park, the Mall, and Buckingham Palace, the Arrows will disperse and fly over Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire.
The Red Arrows’ appearance over Buckingham Palace is very dependent on the weather. According to the Royal Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston, the chances of the flypast happening are “50/50,” and the final decision will be made one or two hours before it is due to start. Forecasters predict cloudy and wet weather in London on Saturday, which could hamper the pilots’ ability to fly safely. Sir Michael emphasized that safety is their top priority and that they will not take any unnecessary risks.
Celebrating with King Charles and Family
Before the flyover, those watching from the Mall will have another chance to celebrate with King Charles and his family. The spectators watching from the palace are expected to begin walking out onto the balcony from around 2.15 BST. The flypast will shoot over Buckingham Palace and be visible from the Mall, giving spectators another opportunity to commemorate the special occasion.
In conclusion, King Charles III’s coronation flypast is a momentous event that will showcase the aerial talents of members of all three of the UK’s armed forces. While the flypast schedule and route are set, the weather will play a significant role in determining whether it can go ahead. Regardless, the coronation ceremony and flypast will be a historic occasion that many people will be eager to witness.