TODAY is the most important day in the life of King Charles as he prepares to be crowned at Westminster Abbey.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the monarch is a bit nervous ahead of this important event.
As he made the short journey from his home at Clarence House to Buckingham Palace this morning, the king could be seen wriggling his hands, a clear sign of nervousness, according to body language expert Judi James.
Speaking to Fabulous, Judi says: “In perhaps the only ‘behind the scenes’ look at the new king’s body language today, we saw some unmistakable signs of fear.
“In the car on the way to the palace, his wave was interspersed with a strained-looking fumble of hands, and he and Camilla’s slightly hunched shoulders suggested they were bracing themselves for the day ahead.”
It comes as…
Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla will be crowned in a spectacular ceremony expected to be watched by 350 million people.
The first guests, including stars Lionel Richie and Ant and Dec, are already pouring into the abbey, where the country will welcome its new king today.
The big day officially begins at 10.20am when Charles and Camilla leave Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.
They are joined by 200 members of the armed forces, mainly from the Sovereign’s escort of the Mounted Regiment of Household Cavalry.
Other members of the royal family will make their way separately to the service, which begins at 11am.
Prince Harry will be among the group after accepting an invitation to his father’s big day – although Meghan Markle is staying in the US for Archie’s birthday.
But the Duke of Sussex was relegated to third row amid a row with his father and brother after the release of explosive biography Spare.
He will sit with Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Queen’s cousin Princess Alexandra, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi.
The king and queen are expected to be crowned around midday to a rousing cheer of “God Save the King!” as a fanfare of trumpets blares.
The 1pm coronation procession will add to the pageantry and pageantry of the day as the couple leave Westminster Abbey.
In scenes resembling his mother’s coronation, Charles and Camilla will make the return journey to Buckingham Palace in the 260-year-old Gold State Coach.
The notoriously uncomfortable four-tonne gilded carriage is suspended by leather straps and can only be pulled by eight horses.
The Queen used the carriage for both of her processions and later described the bumpy ride as “terrible”.
Perhaps with that in mind, the route was capped at 1.3 miles compared to Her Majesty’s five-mile procession.
Charles and Camilla will be followed by other royals – including Princess Kate, Prince William and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Princess Anne has been given the role of ‘Gold Stick-in-Waiting’, meaning she is ceremonially responsible for her brother’s safety.