Royal fans baffled as London streets are lined with sand for King Charles' coronation | The Sun

ROYAL fans have been left perplexed after spotting sand all over the streets ahead of today's coronation.

Patches of the seashore material pepper The Mall and roads along the route of the coronation processions.

Meanwhile long paths of san run along Whitehall in Westminster.

Workmen and women were seen raking the yellow stuff near Parliament Square – just hours before the procession to Westminster Abbey.

One person blasted on Twitter: "So millions ppl around world watching, & they just fill all potholes with sand?

"State of this country!"

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The Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, was seen marching along sand in Westminster on Saturday.

Meanwhile one of the Royal Family's Bentley's cruised across the yellow stuff as it rolled up to Westminster Abbey for the 11am service.

Choirboys in their robes were also seen navigating sand before the King's crowning.

It appears the sand may be used to fill in potholes to stop the 9,000 marching troops having nasty accidents on the 1.4 mile procession.

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While long paths of sand stretching up to Westminster Abbey – where The King and Queen will arrive at 11am – may be used to stop horses and vehicles slipping.

One person on Twitter echoed this claim, adding: “Portions of the procession routes covered with sand to make it easy for the horses to move.”

Sand was also used at The Queen's funeral last September.

Mourners were puzzled why so many parts of the procession route to Westminster Abbey were covered then as well.

The coronation service will run for around two hours where ancient traditions – some dating back to 1065 – will see Charles anointed and crowned with the 1661 St Edward's crown.

The service will end at around 1pm before the royals set off on a 1.4 mile procession back to Buckingham Palace.

The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children will ride in the 260-year-old, four-tonne Georgian-era Gold State Coach.

Charles is the first king to be crowned in Britain since his grandfather King George VI on May 12, 1937.

He is the 40th monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, with the first thought to be Harold Godwinson in 1065.

Much like his beloved Mama, Charles has also broken with tradition.

Fuelled by a desire for a stripped-back monarchy, the King has shunned the extravagant trappings of wealth seen in his own mother's £1.57million ceremony.

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The guestlist has been slashed to just 2,000, compared to the Queen's 8,250, and the length of the service has been drastically reduced.

Even the dress code is different, with the King opting to wear military uniform instead of the silk stockings and breeches seen in the past.

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