A once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend King Charles III’s Coronation became a reality for five New City College students, along with their tutor, who were VIP guests at Saturday’s spectacular procession and ceremony.
Invited through the college’s work with The Prince’s Trust, the group had breakfast at Lambeth Palace before watching the arrival of King Charles and Queen Camilla to Westminster Abbey as they sat just metres away.
They then saw the whole Coronation service in adjoining St Margaret’s Church, and were in front row positions to see the royal Gold State Coach and military parade depart for Buckingham Palace.
The students, Mehedi Hasan, Akiba Hossain, Redwan Islam, Sumaiya Khorshed and Ibrahima Habib Diallo, are all residents of Tower Hamlets and attend New City College’s Arbour Square campus, on the 14-16 programme. They proudly wore their college uniform for the momentous day.
They were all incredibly honoured to have been part of the historic event.
Sumaiya said: “It was the most fascinating, unforgettable and incredible experience I have ever had. The glowing sparkle of our King and his opulence filled my heart with gratitude.”
Mehedi added: “It was an honour to witness first-hand the traditions and ceremonies that have been part of the monarchy for centuries, and to be a part of the celebration and excitement that surrounds it.”