ADF attends ceremonial duties for King Charles’ coronation.

Photo: Officer in Command of Australia’s Federation Guard Squadron Leader Mitchell Brown will lead Australia’s Federation Guard that will be marching at The King’s Coronation on Saturday 6 May 2023 in London. He is pictured here leading the contingent during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, Sunday 5 June 2022 in London. Photo: LSIS Nadav Harel.


By Robert Dougherty

Around 40 Australian Defence Force personnel will undertake ceremonial duties for the coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and the Queen Consort.

Australia’s Federation Guard will travel to the United Kingdom to take part in the coronation procession and marching procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in London on 6 May.

The Royal Australian Air Force will also supply a flypast over Canberra and ADF personnel will provide a National 21 Gun Salute from the forecourt of the Australian Parliament House at 3pm on Sunday, 7 May.

Significant buildings and monuments around Australia such as the Russell Offices will be illuminated in royal purple to celebrate the coronation on 6 and 7 May.

“The coronation of the King and the Queen Consort signifies the unerring obligation of Their Majesties to the Commonwealth, dedicating their lives to serve the nation,” said Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles.

“The bestowal of the crown and the investiture of regal power exemplifies the pledge of Their Majesties to a life of total dedication, duty, and sacrifice.

“In line with the King and the Queen Consort’s ongoing faithful service to the Commonwealth, the Australian Defence Force’s representation at the coronation demonstrates its tireless commitment to the crown, the government, and the nation.”


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