Coronation flypast schedule: When to look up over the South of England

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Whether you're planning a street party with neighbours or an afternoon tea at home to celebrate the Coronation, make sure you schedule in time to watch the historic Coronation flypast this weekend.

Here's everything you need to know about the Coronation flypast, including where you can catch the spectacular show in-person in London and the South of England.

What is the Coronation flypast?

To mark this moment in history, more than 60 aircraft will soar over London in honour of King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort.

The six-minute flypast will feature aircraft from the UK Armed Forces including The Red Arrows, 16 helicopters and the Spitfires from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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When is the Coronation flypast?

Following the Coronation ceremony and procession, members of the royal family will return to Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast which is due to pass over the Palace at 2:30pm on Saturday 6 May 2023.

Where can I watch the Coronation flypast?

While the main event will take place in London, the aircrafts will also pass over parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex en route to the capital. On their way out of London, they’ll fly over parts of Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The full details of the flypast and it's route are under wraps for security reasons, but we do know approximately where and when we can expect the aircrafts throughout the afternoon:

  • North Sea and Norfolk Coast, 1.15pm - 3pm

  • Norfolk (Thetford) and Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds), 1.45pm - 3pm

  • Suffolk (Ipswich), 2pm - 3pm

  • Essex (Colchester, Chelmsford), 2pm - 2.45pm

  • London, 2.10pm - 2.45pm

  • London (Croydon) and Surrey, 2.20pm - 3pm

  • Berkshire (Reading), Wiltshire (Swindon) and Oxfordshire (Oxford), 2.20pm - 3pm

  • Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, 2.20pm - 3pm

  • Wiltshire (Marlborough, Tidworth), 2.20pm - 3pm.

If you're unable to catch the flypast in-person, don't worry - the moment the fleet soars over Buckingham Palace will be broadcast live on TV and you can expect to see it on BBC, ITV and Sky.

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