On the occasion of the coronation of Britain’s King Charles III tomorrow (Saturday), the country, especially the capital, London, is experiencing strict security measures in preparation for a historic ceremony.
The ceremony and coronation ceremonies are supervised by a committee called the “Golden Orb”, which is the secret name for King Charles’s coronation process, and preparations for it had been taking place for years in complete secrecy before its name was finally revealed.
The amount of money allocated for the ceremony shows the enormity of the event, as media reports revealed that the costs of the coronation day exceeded more than 100 million pounds sterling, a figure that sparked a lot of controversy in Britain, noting that the cost of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 amounted to about 1.5 million pounds sterling, which is equivalent to Currently £50m.
In terms of security, the British police announced the allocation of tens of thousands of police, intelligence and the most advanced surveillance cameras to follow up on the event. And the police announced that they had installed state-of-the-art facial recognition cameras to follow anyone who was “involved” in any form of protest against the king on the day of his coronation.
The Ministry of the Interior has allocated 29,000 personnel to secure the coronation ceremony, with strict plans. However, what worries security officials is the supporters of the “You are not mine” movement, who have returned to the limelight since King Charles III came to power.
The kilometer-long “The Mall” street in front of Buckingham Palace was filled with tents erected on both sides and raised the flags of the United Kingdom, pictures of King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II, and the flags of other countries belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations.
What is remarkable is the presence of citizens coming from other countries who set up their tents on the side of the street a few days ago so that they could have the opportunity to be in the front rows to watch all the performances that the coronation ceremony will witness, and among those who spent about a week sleeping in this tent waiting for the promised day.
And moving between these tents, which their owners worked hard to decorate, the predominant feature of them is that they are elderly and retired, who describe themselves as the most loyal to the monarchy in Britain compared to the younger generation.
Just before approaching Buckingham Palace or the vicinity of Westminster Church, dozens of iron barriers, police, intelligence and private security personnel deployed everywhere greet arrivals.