King Charles and Queen Camilla greet singer Lionel Richie at Buckingham Palace garden party days before coronation | The Sun

KING Charles and Camilla today beamed as they met Lionel Richie and hundreds of guests at a Buckingham Palace garden party.

The pair were in high spirits as they smiled and joked with well-wishers at the festivities to celebrate the forthcoming coronation.

Hundreds of people were seen lining the garden's lawn while Charles chatted and joked with attendees.

And the pair were even snapped rubbing shoulders with musical royalty – Lionel Richie.

The singer will join Katy Perry and Take That’s Gary Barlow, Howard Donald  and Mark Owen in a special live performance for 10,000 people on Sunday May 7 at Windsor Castle.

Speaking before meeting the King, an enthusiastic Richie wearing top hat and tails, said the concert was "going to be so much fun". 

He added: "This is a once in a lifetime so to be a part of it is everything. I've known His Majesty now for a couple of years.

“There are few times in life … the '84 Olympics [where he performed All Night Long], that was a billion people watching.

"So, I mean, how many in your career, there are Oscars and then there are Grammys and then there's a Coronation… are you kidding me?! I mean, this doesn't happen every day so am I excited about this? Absolutely! 

"Come on. Let's just get serious. 

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"Do we have any example of this? No. It's not like any other time in life or [any other] occasion. So, this is going to be the best thing ever!

"Once the lights hit and once the music starts, it's just going to be."

The concert will be screened live by the BBC and include soul pianist Alexis Ffrench and singer Freya Ridings.

Charles and Camilla will be joined by Kate and William for the celebration, which will feature a spectacular drone display.

The atmosphere at the palace today was a million miles away from last night after David Huber, 59, allegedly threw suspected shotgun cartridges onto the palace grounds.

He allegedly ranted "I'm going to kill the King" before being dragged away by cops.

It's understood no royals were in the palace at the time however, the King and Queen consort were there earlier on in the day.

The Firm is continuing life as normal despite safety concerns mounting.

Charles was seen earlier today after attending a coronation rehearsal.

He appeared to be in high spirits as he waved at fans from his car.

Police were last night facing questions after witnesses told how the would-be attacker placed a bag by the gates.

The suspect reportedly threw a "number of items" out of the bag.

He was then arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon after he was searched and a knife was found.

Officers were forced to carry out a controlled explosion in sight of excited fans camping along The Mall ahead of Saturday.

It was understood the police were treating the matter as an isolated mental health incident.

Security for the historical event has been estimated to cost around £150million.

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The operation will see thousands of officers deployed along with protection squads, air support and roof-top snipers.

Drones will also be used to monitor the crowds.

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