London’s Coronation Countdown: Travelers Arrive, Others Flee
For those who make the long journey to attend the coronation, the event is not only a way to celebrate Charles’ coronation, but also a way to connect to their legacy.
Biotech founder Paul Dabrowa, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, said being in London for the coronation was a way to honor his own family history. said his family were exiled from Poland during World War II and resettled to Australia under British law after the war.
“I have great respect for the monarchy,” he said, adding that he also attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last September. But he’s scheduled to see the royal procession in central London on May 6. “It’s worth giving him a chance and seeing what he’s up to,” he said.
Pranay Manocha, a London-based software engineer, doesn’t join the cheering crowd.
Manocha, 43, said the timing of the fanfare was poor. Many people are struggling to pay for groceries due to the rising cost of living in the UK. In addition, his grandparents were expelled by his 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, a legacy of colonialism.
“It would be almost unbearable to see everyone celebrating that I am still hurt,” he said, adding that he would go hiking in Cornwall on 6 May instead. I hope it’s good.”
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