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Islanders marked the event of a lifetime yesterday (Saturday 6 May), with strong representation in the Coronation ceremonials and celebrations.

And for some the pageantry and drama continues tonight, as no less than six island singers join the line-up for the Coronation concert at Windsor Castle.

Corina Macinnes of Harris, Claire and Emma Macleod from Scalpay, Jonathan Fairgrieve from Point in Lewis and Barra’s John Joe MacNeil and John James Galbraith are all part of the traditional music collective Binneas, which will join a 300-strong Coronation choir this evening.

Their part in the celebrations follows ceremonial duties yesterday for Company Sergeant Major (CSM) Colin ‘Smudge’ Smith of Steinish, who was one of the four-man colour party for his regiment, 7 Scots, as they formed up on the Mall.

Further along the route of the Coronation procession was one of HM Coastguard’s Senior Maritime Operations Officers from Stornoway, Kenny Mackay, who said: “I was very fortunate to have been selected to be part of the HM Coastguard contingent at the coronation – a fantastic group of people.

“I spent a few days with the rest of the team at the joint rescue and coordination centre in Fareham before travelling to London to take part lining the route in Whitehall.

“It was truly an honour to represent the HM Coastguard and MRCC Stornoway at the event and it’s a memory which will remain with me.”

Meanwhile back in the islands, Chrisell Macleod was crowned as Tong’s trifle queen, during a celebratory tea that saw villagers come together to enjoy the Coronation broadcast on a big screen – and a superb spread of food enjoyed by many.

The pictures show island singers performing at Windsor Castle tonight (Jonathan Fairgrieve), trifle queen Chrisell Macleod and party-goers at Tong Hall (Tong Community Hall), and the 7 Scots colour party ready for duty – Colin Smith is second from right (7 Scots).