"Stands were erected in the Abbey then to allow 8,000 people to attend a service of almost three hours.
This time there will be no stands or scaffolding, says sources in Parliament, and the service length will be about half that of 1953.
But the Abbey, which normally has a capacity of 2,200 people will cram in up to 800 more people by putting seats in the medieval galleries which are 52ft above the floor.
Senior figures in Parliament are already worried about how many politicians will be able to attend."
"They fear a diplomatic headache in trying to accommodate many of the 650 MPs and 800 peers vying for a seat. Also coming on May 6 are Commonwealth leaders, the extended British Royal Family, foreign royalty, dignitaries and charity heads.
A Parliamentary source said: “We’re waiting for details but have been told to expect around 3,000. So nothing like the 8,000 last time, when scaffolding and all sorts was put up to accommodate the numbers.
“It will mean far fewer people, so they will have to think about who does and does not get an invite."
"........Catherine Pepinster, author of Defenders of the Faith: the British Monarchy, Religion, and the next Coronation, predicted a bigger ceremony than some expect.
She said the King’s decision this week to give up any chance of benefitting from a £1billion windfall from green energy that will boost the profits of the Crown Estate would pave the way for a larger spectacle.
She said: “This will make a show-stopper Coronation, funded by the public purse, much more palatable."
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