Charles made changes to procession to allow crowds better look at him

Revealed: King Charles made 11th-hour changes to long-standing plans to Queen’s funeral procession allowing crowds a ‘better look’ at new sovereign 

  • Original plans stated that horses would be ridden behind the Queen’s coffin
  • King Charles and his three siblings planned to follow on foot behind the horses 
  • Issue that the monarch might have to side-step horse muck if walking behind
  • Plan was shelved and the animals were moved further back in the procession 
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King Charles made last-minute changes to the Queen’s funeral procession, allowing crowds to get a better view of him, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Long-standing plans laid out by Buckingham Palace – and publicly announced four days before the State funeral – stated that horses would be ridden behind the Queen’s coffin as it was pulled to Wellington Arch after the funeral service.

King Charles and his three siblings – the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – had planned to follow on foot behind the horses. 

King Charles made last-minute changes to the Queen’s funeral procession, allowing crowds to get a better view of him

But at the King’s request, plans were shelved for the horses to walk before the Royal party, with some of the animals moved further back in the procession.

A source said: ‘In the days before the funeral, Charles felt he wouldn’t be seen properly and that either he ought to be on horseback or, if he was walking, then the horses should move further back. 

‘There was also the issue of “Would the new King end up having to side step horse muck?” which would obviously not be appropriate.’

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