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The new King was greeted with wild cheers as he appeared on the iconic balcony afterwards at Buckingham Palace. The armed forces put on a “spectacular” display of military pomp and pageantry as the King and Queen travelled by carriage through the streets of London. The event was the military’s largest ceremonial operation since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, which saw 9,000 servicemen and women deployed.

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Follow the King's coronation as it happened, with all the news, analysis and reaction from the NationalWorld team.

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Protesters appear to be arrested

Republican protesters appear to have been arrested ahead of the King’s coronation.

Footage on Twitter seemed to show Graham Smith, chief executive of the anti-monarchy group Republic, being apprehended by police in St Martin’s Lane, Westminster, on Saturday morning.

Pictures appeared to show demonstrators in yellow “Not My King” T-shirts, including Mr Smith, having their details taken by officers.

In one video, an officer says: “I’m not going to get into a conversation about that – they are under arrest, end of.”

What will King Charles have for breakfast?

What makes a breakfast fit for a King? Especially one that fuels the monarch on perhaps the biggest day of his reign?

Our colleagues at PeopleWorld have taken a look at what Charles will be eating on his big day.

Molly Paul reports: "Normally the monarch opts for a combination of homemade seeded bread, fresh fruit and boiled eggs to start his day on the right note, paired with fresh fruit juices. To add some further savoury flavours, King Charles is known to forage for his own wild mushrooms and keep an organic garden, so his private chef could cook some of those up for him.

"This choice of breakfast would be approved by registered nutritionists such as Anna Tebbs, the Head Chef at healthy meal company Green Chef, who believes that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’."

Six people arrested, campaigners say

My colleague Claire Schofield has more details on the apparent arrests earlier.

She reports, Republic activist Luke Whiting, 26, told the PA news agency: “Six Republic members have been arrested including the CEO as the demonstration was starting at the edge of Trafalgar Square.

Protesters hold up placards saying ‘Not My King’ in Trafalgar Square. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Protesters hold up placards saying ‘Not My King’ in Trafalgar Square. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold up placards saying ‘Not My King’ in Trafalgar Square. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) | POOL/AFP via Getty Images

“It is unclear why, potentially it is because one of them was carrying a megaphone. It is unclear exactly whether the police are using these new powers and whether they are misusing them to stop protest happening.”

Another woman wearing a Republic T-shirt was arrested and carried away by officers from where she had been standing outside a Tesco store. She told PA: “We had a delivery of placards ready for the protest and then the tactical support unit questioned us as to how we we had got through the road closures. They questioned whether what we were doing was a delivery. They then said they found evidence of means of locking on, of items that could be used to lock on, and they arrested us.”

Further apparent arrests

Just Stop Oil protesters appear to have been been arrested on the Mall.

A large group from the campaign group were seen in handcuffs. Police have cordoned the group off.

Police statement on arrests

The Metropolitan Police has issued a statement on the arrests from earlier.

In a statement on Twitter, the force said: “A significant police operation is under way in central London.

"We have made a number of arrests in the area of Carlton House Terrace.

"The individuals have been held on suspicion of breaching the peace.

"Earlier today we arrested four people in the area of St Martin’s Lane.

"They were held on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance. We seized lock-on devices.

“A further three people were arrested in the area of Wellington Arch. They were held on suspicion of possessing articles to cause criminal damage. There will be further updates later today.”

Dispatch from Westminster Abbey

My colleague Ben Lowry - the editor of the News Letter of Northern Ireland - is in Westminster Abbey. He's written about how busy central London is ahead of the coronation.

Ben writes: "My accommodation, ahead of reporting the coronation, was 1.8 miles from the press rendezvous point, within walking distance. But much of the walk would be shut I was told by various people. Which part? When? So I resolved to take the tube, which at 630am I figured would be empty. No, no said the doorman. Take a taxi, they come buy every couple of minutes. As they did, but none had their light on, being full carrying others.

"This was near Bond Street. Just when, in mounting panic, I was about to dash for the tube after all a vacant cab came. He told me many of his colleagues were avoiding the hassle of a half shut central London today. We travelled down Park Lane, past heavily guarded top hotels like the Dorchester. President Biden's wife was in one, said the driver. We wound our way round Hyde Park corner, with key routes such as Piccadilly closed, manned by multiple police and security in yellow jackets.

"Now we were near the back of Buckingham Palace, and the cabbie was trying to give Victoria station a wide berth to get me to the journalist meeting point near the Thames. More closures, some of them further away from Westminster than the driver was expecting, as the 7am news came on. That was our meeting time.

"I had to walk the last half mile and got there at 714, a nervous wreck. But the meeting time had been set cautiously early. The abbey didn't open until 730am.

"Now I'm in the press area. We're in a place called the North Transept with a restricted view. By 8am the main body of the abbey was filling up. I spotted two Northern Ireland peers in robes, Lords Dodds and Rogan, before we media were ushered on to our seats."

Bidens arrive at Westminster Abbey

Joe Biden isn't attending the coronation, however his wife Jill and granddaughter Finnegan are. My colleague Marina Licht, editor of PeopleWorld, has written about Finnegan here.

Finnegan, left, and Jill Biden arrive at Westminster Abbey. Credit: PAFinnegan, left, and Jill Biden arrive at Westminster Abbey. Credit: PA
Finnegan, left, and Jill Biden arrive at Westminster Abbey. Credit: PA | PA

Dispatch from Hyde Park

My colleague Imogen Howse is with royal fans in Hyde Park. Like Ben Lowry (see 9.56am) it took her a long time to get into place this morning, with police running a tight operation. Imogen reports that it is "raining but spirits don't seem to be dampened".

She says lots of people are in Union Jack clothing, amidst a sea of umbrellas, picnics and champagne.

Sisters Susie, 25, and Ellen Davis, 28, from Shropshire, left at 5am to be here. “We just didn’t want to miss it - we’ve always come to the jubilees, wedding. It’s part of history," they told Imogen.

Sisters Susie, 25, and Ellen Davis, 28, from Shropshire, left at 5am to be here. Credit: NWSisters Susie, 25, and Ellen Davis, 28, from Shropshire, left at 5am to be here. Credit: NW
Sisters Susie, 25, and Ellen Davis, 28, from Shropshire, left at 5am to be here. Credit: NW | NW

While Roslyn Ismay, 53, and Julie White said: "We wanted to be part of the occasion. It’s a once in a lifetime thing for us. Everyone’s in a good mood despite the rain. The atmosphere is so great. The police and the security have been helpful."

Roslyn Ismay, 53, and Julie White. Credit: NWRoslyn Ismay, 53, and Julie White. Credit: NW
Roslyn Ismay, 53, and Julie White. Credit: NW | NW

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Former Prime Ministers arrive at Westminster Abbey

All the living former Prime Ministers (even Liz Truss) and their partners, have arrived at Westminster Abbey. Boris Johnson seems particularly excited ahead of the coronation.

Boris Johnson and wife Carrie arrive at Westminster Abbey. Credit: PABoris Johnson and wife Carrie arrive at Westminster Abbey. Credit: PA
Boris Johnson and wife Carrie arrive at Westminster Abbey. Credit: PA | PA

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