Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Attends Coronation
On Saturday, May 6th, the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla took place at Westminster Abbey, the first Coronation Service in almost 70 years.
Representatives of the UK's Fire and Rescue Services at the Coronation. Stuart Bate is seen in the top row at the right.
The day’s celebrations involved two large ceremonial processions – The King’s Procession and The Coronation Procession – through Central London. As part of the day’s processions, over 1,000 Armed Forces route liners from all three Services and Standard Bearers of the Royal British Legion, Uniformed Civilian Services (UCS) and Community Organisations were involved.
Representing Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) at the Coronation and forming part of the UCS was Head of Training Delivery, Stuart Bate, following a nomination by MAWWFRS Chief Fire Officer, Roger Thomas. The UCS were on parade at Whitehall and comprised 220 members, 20 of which were from Fire and Rescue Services across the United Kingdom. Other organisations represented in the UCS included Police Forces, Ambulance Services, Coast Guard, and others. The UCS provided street liners along the processional route from the south of Trafalgar Square, along Whitehall to approximately the statue to Field Marshall Montgomery, opposite Downing Street.
On his attendance at the Coronation, Stuart Bate said:
“It was an honour and a privilege to represent Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service at such a historical event. The organisation of the event, on the day and during rehearsals, was something to behold with such precise timings and the atmosphere was amazing.
As part of our duties, we marched onto Whitehall, led by the Royal Marines Band, and were in position as Their Majesties passed in the Diamond Jubilee Coach.”
The Uniformed Civilian Services at the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.