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The Prince and Princess of Wales have sipped pints at a Soho pub as they raised an early Coronation toast with drinkers.
The Royal couple travelled on the London Underground, boarding the Elizabeth Line in Acton before they alighted at Tottenham Court Road, to visit the Dog and Duck, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
In the pub, the couple sipped cider while the Prince pulled a pint of Kingmaker Pale Ale, a Nicholson's beer brewed for the coronation. 
While on the Tube, the Prince and Princess met Transport for London workers to hear about how they’re preparing for the national celebrations.
Asked about their own plans for Coronation, the Princess said: “Yes, it’s going to be a busy time. We’re getting there. I still feel like we’re trying to get ducks in a row.”

The couple planned the day out to meet London publicans and business owners ahead of the celebratory Bank Holiday weekend.
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The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle said rehearsals for the big day have gone well and Charles was not at all anxious about the momentous occasion.
Replica crowns have been used for the dry runs, and the children, which includes Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, attending were "watching with huge interest", the dean revealed.
The dean, speaking at Westminster Abbey ahead of the May 6 ceremony, told Sky News: "The King was relaxed and very gracious.
"He took time to thank all the people around him who are making this happen.
"So whilst he has a huge burden on him, there's a lot for him to do, he doesn't give the sense of being a man who's really anxious about this, not at all."
A flypast to celebrate the Coronation could be scaled back or even cancelled in the event of poor weather, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has warned.
Forecasters expect conditions in London to be cloudy and wet on Saturday, which could hamper the ability of pilots to fly safely.
More than 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force – including the Red Arrows – are scheduled to fly over The Mall and Buckingham Palace at around 2.15pm.
The King and Queen Consort are due to appear on the Palace balcony with other members of the royal family to watch the six-minute flypast.
Asked about the potential for the flypast to be disrupted by the weather, an MoD spokesman said: "The latest weather information will be obtained from both the Met Office and from our helicopters performing weather checks in advance of the main flypast on Saturday.
"If suitable, the flypast will continue as planned. If not, then there are options available to reduce the numbers of aircraft, with cancellation being the last resort.
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Newsreader Huw Edwards has shared a picture of himself preparing for the Coronation as he fronts the BBC's coverage.
Mr Edwards, the corporation’s chief news presenter, will take the lead broadcast position at the doors of Westminster Abbey, where he will provide commentary ahead of the start of the Coronation service on Saturday.
On Thursday, the 61-year-old shared an image of himself as he prepares for the day. His post read: "No pressure. In the footsteps of giants. Richard Dimbleby looking on."
The Princess of Wales told how Prince George was "excited" about the upcoming Coronation and had been taking part in rehearsals.
She said the atmosphere in the area was "wonderful" and that anticipation for the historic crowning was "already starting to build".
People in the crowd travelled from as far as Australia, China, Canada and Texas to meet the royals ahead of the Coronation on Saturday.
The princess was handed bunches of flowers, as was William, with one woman from Philadelphia saying: "I brought these for Kate but you can have them."
The Prince of Wales told London businessmen that the best conversations take place in pubs.
The Prince made the remarks as he sipped a cider at the Dog and Duck in Soho.
During his visit, he went behind the bar to pull the first ever pouring of Kingmaker, an IPA specially brewed for the coronation.
"You always have the best conversations in pubs – you never know who you are going to meet," he said.
He also joked that he would have to watch how much he drank and "get back into work mode".
The Prince of Wales has poured a "perfect pint" during his visit to a London pub, according to staff.
William and his wife Kate made their first ever trip on the Tube to an engagement, riding the Elizabeth line, named after the late Queen, to Tottenham Court Road in Soho.
I can’t quite imagine the Princess of Wales finishing a pint somehow.
Polite as ever, she took a sip.
They’re at the Dog and Duck in Soho to hear about coronation planning pic.twitter.com/HXQdBTdy4u
They were then accompanied by pub managers Chris Watts and Maria Sojkova behind the bar, where William poured a "perfect pint", according to waitress Bernie Kidson.
It was the first pint of Kingmaker, a pale ale brewed to celebrate the coronation, ever poured.
The Prince asked TfL staff what the reception to the Elizabeth Line had been since it opened and they told him “everyone loves it”.
The late Queen opened the line almost a year ago, on May 17, 2022.
The Prince said: “I can’t quite believe it has been nearly a year. It’s quite nice to get the chance to see it all, after my grandmother opened it.”  
Speaking after the couple had left the station, Mr Lord said: “It was amazing to welcome them on their first visit on the Elizabeth Line. It’s coming up to the anniversary of the Queen opening it, and they were very impressed with it.”
Kensington Palace also invited train enthusiast, Francis Bourgeois, to ride on the train with the Royal couple as an observer. He has more than a million followers on Instagram, and aides said it was hoped he might bring the experience to a younger audience.
To the astonishment of unsuspecting members of the public, the royal couple boarded the train at Acton Main Line station to get to Soho, reports India McTaggart.
They were handed their Oyster cards by a Palace aide before being greeted by Andy Lord, Transport for London’s Commissioner.
The couple also met with Carinne Spinola, a train driver, to discuss her career aspirations.
Speaking after the conversation, the Princess said: “It’s nice to meet a female train diver, obviously a profession women are keen on getting into. She said the job was advertised on Mumsnet.”
While royal aides said the couple do occasionally travel by London Underground in a private capacity, this is understood to be the first time they used it for an engagement.
New pictures have emerged of the Prince and Princess of Wales' trip to a London pub to raise an early toast for the Coronation. 
The Prince pulled a pint of Nicholson's Kingmaker IPA, while the couple sipped cider as they spoke to publicans and business owners.
Lord Soames has claimed Prince Harry has betrayed his father in a "terrible blow" to the King.
Speaking to Times Radio, Lord Soames, a friend of the King, said: "Well, in respect of Prince Harry, I just think it's the most tragic.
"I mean, I can't put myself in the position where my own son, if he did something like that to me, it would just be the cruellest and one would mind. And of course, it was no different. Of course, the King was very, very sad, tragic. But as you say, we all have families. We've all lived through it. But it was a terrible blow."
"I think it would have been a great pity if Prince Harry hadn't come to his father's coronation. And he is coming and I just hope that we can keep all this in proportion. This is the day about the King and the Queen, not about Prince Harry."
The royal couple were pictured on the London Underground as they travelled to the pub to meet business owners ahead of the Coronation.
The Prince and Princess boarded the Elizabeth Line in Acton before they alighted at Tottenham Court Road, to visit the Dog and Duck.
As they rode the Tube, the couple spoke to Transport for London workers to hear about how they’re preparing for the national celebrations.
The Princess of Wales has indicated she is almost ready to celebrate the Coronation as she visited a London pub 48 hours before the historic day.
Asked about the Coronation while on the Tube, the Princess said: “Yes, it’s going to be a busy time. We’re getting there. I still feel like we’re trying to get ducks in a row.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales have arrived at the Dog and Duck pub in Soho.
Crowds had gathered outside the pub ahead of the couple's visit to thank publicans and business owners ahead of the Coronation.
The Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester will not be renamed following his accession to the throne.
A marquee sign above the entrance reads: "No, we are not changing our name," as Britain prepares to celebrate the Coronation. The cinema previously reiterated its stance following the death of Queen Elizabeth last year.
The cinema, which screens a selection of cult, arthouse, and classic films, has had its name since it was opened as a theatre in the 1960s. The bar is named after director Quentin Tarantino, who called it his favourite cinema in Britain.
Royal superfans have caught a glimpse of the King as he was driven past crowds gathering on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace. 
Fans from across the world have camped out on The Mall since the start of the week in the hope of getting the best view of the Coronation procession.
Telegraph reader Jeremy Biggin has submitted a Coronation-themed poem as millions prepare to celebrate the historic crowning of the King.
Mr Biggin, from South Yorkshire, recalled how he watched Queen Elizabeth's coronation with a magnifying glass on a 12-inch black and white television when he was just seven.
Here is his ode entitled The Coronation

There are fewer people still around
Who've seen a monarch newly crowned
In '53 it was his mum
and now it is her first born son
Elizabeth reigned for 70 years
Sadly missed, shown by our tears
Charles has had a brilliant coach
But he will have his own approach
The crown is placed upon his head
He's then our King for that he's bred
We think he'll be a worthy king
Including ALL…will be HIS thing
In '53 the rain fell down
Let's hope the sun shines, this time round
To mark his coronation day
On Saturday the sixth of May
Gibraltar has held its own celebrations for the crowning of the King with a military parade through the centre of the British territory.
The Royal Gibraltar Regiment was joined by members of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as representatives of the essential services.
The salute was taken by the Governor of Gibraltar, Sir David Steele and the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo.
A Brazilian superfan with a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of memorabilia has told how he considers the Royal family an extension of his own ahead of the Coronation.
Since the age of 15, Savio Valei has been dedicating himself to building a royal collection, which includes a doll of the Princess of Wales that cost £240 (1,500 Brazilian Real).
Mr Valei, who works as a lawyer in Sao Paulo and will turn 23 a week after the coronation, said I like the royal family because first of all, they are a family," he said.
"I just love the legacy they carry – the royal genealogy, the history, the tradition, and I also enjoy following their lives and work. They are like an extension of my own family."
The Telegraph has outlined all Coronation events set to take place across the Bank Holiday weekend.
After the ceremony on Saturday, the public will be encouraged to join in the celebrations, with a Coronation concert taking place at Windsor Castle featuring global stars of stage and screen.
And people across the nation will be encouraged to enjoy street parties during the Coronation Big Lunch, and engage in volunteering as part of the Big Help Out.
For our hour-by-hour guide click here
Read our Associate Editor Camilla Tominey's piece here about the Duke of Sussex as he prepares to be reunited with members of the Royal family for the Coronation.
Cardboard cut-outs of King Charles and Queen Elizabeth II have been positioned on the Mall ahead of the Coronation procession.
Ardis Ryeberg from Arkansas, US, and Alyssa Whaanga from New Zealand were pictured with the late Queen near Buckingham Palace, while Bartley Graham, dressed in a full Union suit, posed with the King.
Lionel Richie showed he was ever the entertainer at Buckingham Palace as he shared laughs with the King ahead of his performance at the Coronation Concert. 
Richie said it was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to sing at Windsor Castle on Sunday as he joined thousands of guests at the palace for the first traditional garden party of the King's reign. 
The US singer met the King and Queen who laughed and smiled in separate meetings with the singer.
Speaking at the party, Richie said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To be a part of it is everything. I've known His Majesty for a couple of years, so it's fun to be here."
To read more click here.
Big Ben was lit up with a series of projections to mark the King's Coronation.
Here are some of the best images of the Westminster landmark.
 
The Lord Great Chamberlain said he is "rather nervous" about presenting King Charles with part of the Coronation Regalia.
Speaking on Times Radio, Lord Carrington admitted his trepidation about Saturday's coronation ceremony.
He added: "I am part of the procession which goes into Westminster and I will be leading part of the procession that includes the King and the Queen.
"I will be presenting him with part of the Royal Regalia – specifically the Golden Spurs which date back to the time of Richard I. They, as I understand it, signify knighthood, chivalry, bravery, etcetera."
Jamaica could hold a referendum next year to become a republic with plans accelerated as a result of the King's Coronation, a minister has said.
Marlene Malahoo Forte, Jamaica's minister for legal and constitutional affairs, told Sky News the Caribbean nation could soon "sever ties" with the monarchy, adding the time had come for Jamaica to be "in Jamaican hands".
"While the United Kingdom is celebrating the coronation of the King, that is for the United Kingdom," she said.
"Jamaica is looking to write a new constitution… which will sever ties with the monarch as our head of state.
"Time has come. Jamaica in Jamaican hands. We have to get it done, especially with the transition in the monarchy. My government is saying we have to do it now."
Plain clothes police officers will mix with members of the public at the Coronation procession route as part of a "mammoth" security operation.
Close protection expert Richard Aitch, who is director of operations at security services company Mobius International, said: "There'll be eyes everywhere and the chance of anything untoward occurring of a serious nature is extremely low."
Mr Aitch added police and security chiefs will have learned lessons from running operations around the Platinum Jubilee and the Queen's funeral, he said.
"The actual security effort is a mammoth tasking of epic proportions. But don't forget the police are and security services are very finely tuned and professional in their delivery of countering threats.
"They would have learned some lessons in those two previous occasions and finely tuned from that."
Protesters planning unannounced action at the coronation could be mistaken for plotters who wish to cause harm, a former royal protection officer has warned
Simon Morgan said demonstrators need to be aware that they will be in the middle of an armed policing operation with officers prepared in the event of terror attacks and threats from individuals.
Now director of operations at security firm Trojan Consultancy, Mr Morgan said: "Somebody that's going to run out in front of the carriage, fiddling with something in their rucksack, who's to say that's not an IED rather than a banner that's just going to be unfolded.
"These demonstrators have to be very careful as to the environment that they're going into, the police are acutely aware of it."
Australian senator Lidia Thorpe is among the Commonwealth representatives asking King Charles to apologise for British 'genocide and colonisation'.
She said: "The British monarchy oversaw the oppression of First Nations peoples in British colonies all over the world. The horrific impacts of British colonisation, including the genocide of our people, theft of our land and denigration of our culture, are still felt today.
"The genocidal project that commenced in 1788 still continues, and neither the British Crown nor the Australian Government have been held to account for the crimes they have committed.
"This joint statement, from First Nations and human rights advocates across the Commonwealth, calls on King Charles III to make a formal apology and begin a process of repairing the damage of colonisation, including returning the stolen wealth that has been taken from our people."
Thousands of South Africans have called on Britain to return the world's largest diamond, known as the Star of Africa. 
The diamond, which weighs 530 carats, is set in the royal sceptre that King Charles will hold at his coronation on Saturday.
It was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and presented to the British monarchy by the colonial government in the country, which was then under British rule.
"The diamond needs to come to South Africa. It needs to be a sign of our pride, our heritage and our culture," said Mothusi Kamanga, a lawyer and activist in Johannesburg who has promoted an online petition, which has gathered about 8,000 signatures, for the diamond to be returned.
Officially known as Cullinan I, the diamond in the sceptre was cut from the Cullinan diamond, a 3,100 carat stone that was mined near Pretoria.

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