Charles crowned King in Britain’s biggest ceremonial event in 70 years


Charles III was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London in the biggest ceremonial event in 70 years.

In front of nearly 100 world leaders and millions of television viewers, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed the 360-year-old St. I was. .

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King Charles III attends his coronation at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6, 2023. (Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Charles became the 40th monarch to be crowned at the Abbey, the country’s coronation church, since 1066.

At 74, he is the oldest monarch to ascend the British throne.

His second wife, Camilla, 75, was subsequently crowned Queen.

The ceremony comes more than seven months after Charles took the throne as king last September, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, after a 70-year reign.

“Dazzling Display”

Although the coronation was smaller than the one staged for Queen Elizabeth in 1953, it featured everything from golden orbs and bejeweled swords to the scepter holding the world’s largest colorless cut diamond. Featuring a series of historic regalia, it still wanted a spectacle.

Tens of thousands of well-wishers braved the light rain and gathered to support the royal march to the coronation and the military parade.

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla are carried in Diamond Jubilee State Coaches as the King’s procession passes through Parliament Square on May 6, 2023, ahead of his coronation at Westminster Abbey in London. (Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said, “No other country has such a dazzling display of processions, glamorous ceremonies, ceremonies and street parties.”

Prayers at Christian ceremonies took on the theme of “called to serve”, an attribute associated with the late Queen who pledged her life to the Commonwealth.

Prior to the coronation, the Archbishop preached to 2,300 guests, world leaders, celebrities, British politicians, foreign royalty, everyday heroes and members of the royal family.

Welby began telling the congregation:

“What is given today is for all good, for Jesus Christ has announced a kingdom where the poor and oppressed will be set free from the chains of injustice. You will be healed.”

Speaking to Prince Charles and Camilla, Welby said:

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People line up for the route of the 2-kilometer royal procession from Buckingham Palace in central London to Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023. (Sebastien Bozon/pool via Reuters)

Prince Charles delivered the first royal prayer ever spoken to God aloud by a monarch during his coronation, addressing the duty of a sovereign to serve all communities.

He told the monastery:

“Bless us all your children of all faiths and beliefs that together we may discover the path of kindness and be guided in the path of peace. Our Lord Through Jesus Christ, Amen.”

After the service, Charles and Camilla departed in a 4-ton Gold State coach built for George III, the last king of Britain’s American colonies, and 4,000 military personnel from 39 nations joined 1 Mile march to Buckingham Palace.

It will be the largest show of its kind in Britain since the coronation of Prince Charles’ mother.

Protesters Arrested

But not all were there to support Charles, with hundreds of Republicans booing and waving banners that read “Not my King.”

“This is an unequal and outdated system because there are hereditary millionaires who are born with wealth and privilege. They basically represent the inequality of wealth and power in our society. There’s a monarchy protester.

The anti-monarchy movement group Republic said its chief executive, Graham Smith, was arrested along with five of his team members before the coronation.

On Saturday morning, the group wrote on Twitter: Hundreds of placards were seized. Is this democracy? “

Shortly thereafter, 13 activists from the climate change group Just Stop Oil were arrested at a shopping mall near Buckingham Palace.

The Metropolitan Police Department later confirmed that several people had been arrested on suspicion of obstructing public security and conspiring to commit indecent exposure.

Met chief Mark Rowley warned Friday that “the tolerance for disruption is very low.” More than 11,000 police officers patrol central London.

PA Media and Reuters contributed to this report.