King Charles III and Queen Camilla were officially crowned at the coronation ceremony

Despite overcast skies and drizzle, hardy souls emerged from tents, while others flocked to central London on Saturday morning to witness the coronation of King Charles III.

Among those already in office were friends Bryant and Alicia from Mobile, Alabama, who arrived in London on Thursday.

“I’ve been following the royal family ever since Will and Kate’s wedding and I’ve been looking forward to the coronation one day,” Alicia told CBS News.

“We met some great friends,” Bryant said.

“It’s so beautiful, especially with all the people from all over the world!” Alicia said.

Bryant and Alicia, friends from Mobile, Alabama, speak to CBS News hours before the coronation of King Charles III on May 6, 2023, at The Mall near Buckingham Palace in central London.

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Denise, from Fall River, Massachusetts, arrived on Thursday and set up camp on The Mall near Buckingham Palace, securing a good viewing spot.

“I love the royal family and have followed them for years and wanted to be a part of this history,” she told CBS News, adding that she thought King Charles would be a good monarch.

“I think she’ll follow closely in her mother’s footsteps, with minor changes. Put her own spin on it, but she’s a traditionalist,” he told CBS News, adding that he’s always had a connection to Britain’s royal family.

“I’ve always said I was born on the wrong side of the pond,” he told CBS News.

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