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Shocked royal viewers think they've spotted the Grim Reaper at Westminster Abbey

Gregory Robinson

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Viewers are convinced they witnessed a spooky unexpected guest at the coronation for King Charles III today.

Social media users are convinced that the Grim Reaper was at Westminster Abbey this morning.

A hooded figure can be seen walking past in the clip and we must say, they do look a lot like the personification of death from afar.

Viewers think the Grim Reaper made an appearance at the Coronation. Credit: BBC
Viewers think the Grim Reaper made an appearance at the Coronation. Credit: BBC

Taking to Twitter, one person who tuned in to the BBC's live coverage of the coronation today asked: "Anyone else just notice the Grim Reaper at Westminster Abbey?"

"I noticed him! Who's he looking for?" one person replied.

"Saw him too," another person tweeted in response.

While a Lord of the Rings fanatic simply said: "Gandalf?"


We wouldn't be surprised if Gandalf managed to get an invite.

Being the first coronation we've had since 1953, all eyes are on King Charles right now and the guests from across the world who have gathered at Westminster Abbey to watch the ceremony take place.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

And there are a lot of new additions to Saturday's (6 May) ceremony itself, from a female clergy to religious leaders of other faiths taking part.


The Coronation ceremony started 11 am, following a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

The procession passed along the public sites from the Palace to The Mall to Trafalgar Square, then travelled down Whitehall and Parliament Street, before it moved to Parliament Square and Broad Sanctuary to the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey.

As per traditions, King Charles and The Queen, Camilla, will ride in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach as part of the procession to Westminster Abbey.

We'll all see the moment King Charles III takes the oath at the church before the Archbishop of Canterbury.


Charles ascended to the throne on 8 September, 2022, following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned back in 1953.

The coronation is taking place at Westminster Abbey today. Credit: Ian Shaw / Alamy
The coronation is taking place at Westminster Abbey today. Credit: Ian Shaw / Alamy

Given the scale of the coronation today, police officers are rolling out in their hundreds to enact a highly-planned security strategy to ensure the day's events run smoothly. So, they probably don't want any surprise cameos by the Grim Reaper today.

'Operation Orb' is underway, meaning police officers will begin by lining the procession route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey with other officers stationed on nearby rooftops for a birds-eye view of the ceremony.


Plain-clothed police officers will also walk amongst the crowds as an added security measure while blockades and pavement barriers will work to prevent vehicles being driven into the crowds.

Additionally, airport-style security screenings will be carried out by officers and there will be armed patrols throughout the procession route.

A no-fly zone has already been put over the central London area to avoid any airborne security breaches

Topics: News, UK News, Royal Family, King Charles III

Gregory Robinson
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