London Coronation Countdown: Travelers Arrive, Others Flee



For people making a long journey to attend the coronation, the event is not just a celebration of Charles’ coronation, but a way to connect with their legacy.

Paul Dabrowa, a biotech company founder who lives in Melbourne, Australia, said being in London for the coronation was a way for him to honor his own family history. Mr Dabrowa said his family members were moved from Poland during the Second World War and resettled by British law in Australia after the war.

“I have a lot of respect for the monarchy,” he said, adding that he also attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last September. He has yet to make a decision about his son, Charles, but will attend the royal procession on May 6 through central London. “It’s worth giving him a chance and seeing what he’ll do,” he said.

London-based software engineer Pranay Manocha won’t be among the cheers of the crowd.

Mr Manocha, 43, said the marching band is poorly timed, given Britain’s rising cost of living, which has left many struggling to pay their grocery bills. Moreover, his grandparents were displaced by the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, a legacy of colonialism: Celebrating an institution that left lasting pain didn’t seem right, he said.

β€œIt will be almost unbearable to see everyone celebrating the very thing that still hurts,” he said, adding that he would go hiking in Cornwall on May 6 instead. “I hope the weather will be good.”

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