As reported by the Mirror, participants in the procession could not avoid marching through horse poop along the route. The official procession, which included The Commonwealth, the RAF, the Army, the Navy, the Marines, and the Gun Carriage, was followed by a large group of civilians.
As millions viewed the procession to Wellington Arch in person, on the internet, and on television, several people noted the participants were literally walking through horse poop, which was present throughout the entire route. Some observers discussed the unexpected, and unfortunate, mess via social media. One Twitter user said, “That’s a lot of horse poop to clean off those streets in London.” Another Twitter user said, “I thought they had poop bags for the horses didn’t realise it was a free fall into the streets kinda vibe.”
The Guardian reporter John Crace said, “The Heralds and the Pursuivants, looking like extras from a Disney theme park, tried to march in time while not stepping in the horse poo … ” It is unclear why the horses in the procession were not fitted with poop bags. However, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession was not the first royal event to draw attention to the horse poop issue. Two reporters with Business Insider, who attended Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, noted, “There was horse dung everywhere, leaving a distinct smell in the air.”