Rain is set to dampen Charles's big day but it's on with the show

Royal fans are being warned to pack a raincoat this morning if they are heading to watch the coronation.

But the wet weather won’t stop the show, and it wouldn’t be the first time that a Royal occasion has been marked by the most British of weather.

Showers are expected from around 8am today, just a few hours before the King will take his seat for the coronation.

The heavens opened up last night and it is set to be a soggy occasion today.

The country was beset by frequent showers yesterday afternoon which were heavy and thundery in some places – drenching those crammed onto the Mall in Buckingham Palace and others enjoying the festivities.

There have been fears in recent days that the bad weather would dampen a coronation flyover from the RAF.

There is a 70% chance of showers later this afternoon, and forecasters have advised royal fans in London to bring umbrellas, cagoules and waterproof jackets to tackle the dreary weather.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a big Royal day out has been a wet one, as the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations last year were almost a washout with showers across the UK.

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There was even a weather warning for thunderstorms – even though the pageant was spared the rain.

The last coronation – back in 1953 – was also a damp day for well-wishers as they braved downfalls to watch Queen Elizabeth take to the throne.

It reached just over 11 degrees on the historic day 70 years ago.

Some Metro readers also shared their memories of the last coronation to take place, with one grandmother talking about how the Queen of Tonga refused to put the cover on her carriage despite the downpours.

According to the Met Office, today will be ‘another cloudy, wet day for many. Showers are likely to develop in central, eastern, and northern areas’ with highs of 17C.

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Temperatures will reach highs of 17C by the afternoon, which is around average for the time of year.

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