On Saturday, King Charles III was crowned in a lavish ceremony with a history stretching back a thousand years.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, took his time placing the 360-year-old St. Edward’s Crown on Charles’ head as he sat on a throne from the 14th century in Westminster Abbey, in front of a congregation of approximately 100 international leaders and a television audience of millions.
The momentous occasion occurred in 1066, during the reign of William the Conqueror, the 74-year-old’s forerunner.
Camilla, 75, Charles’ second wife, will be crowned queen during a two-hour ceremony steeped in tradition, will also represent a more diverse Britain and feature participation from religious leaders of other faiths.
Supporters argue that the royal family is an international draw, a crucial diplomatic instrument, and a way for the United Kingdom to preserve its stature on the world stage as it navigates the political upheaval that followed its divorce from the European Union.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said no other country could match Nepal’s “dazzling display,” which included processions, pageantry, ceremonies, and street parties.
Despite Sunak’s excitement, the coronation occurs during a time of general suspicion regarding the function and importance of the monarchy, especially among the youth.
Even though Saturday’s celebration was smaller than the one held for Queen Elizabeth in 1953, organizers tried to dazzle guests with a display of historical regalia, including a wand carrying the world’s largest colorless cut diamond and a collection of golden orbs and jeweled swords.
Charles automatically became king at his mother’s death in September; the coronation is not required but is seen as a measure to legitimize the monarch in the eyes of the populace.
The royal couple rode off in the sleek black Diamond State Jubilee Coach from Buckingham Palace in the company of cavalrymen decked out in shiny breastplates and plumed helmets on their way to the abbey.
Scarlet-clad troops in black bearskin helmets lined the route along The Mall, the main thoroughfare leading to Buckingham Palace. Despite light rain, thousands of people showed up to see what many considered a once-in-a-lifetime historical event.
I think the whole day is significant…the concept of the nation coming together…not just the split-second view of seeing the monarch. Mark Strasshine remarked, “You very much feel the pride in the nation” after the royal coach passed by.
But hundreds of Republicans booed and carried “Not My King” banners, so not everyone there was cheering for Charles.
More than 11,000 police were on hand to quell any unrest, and the Republic campaign organization said that its leader, Graham Smith, along with five other demonstrators, had been detained.
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Politicians and delegates from Commonwealth states took their seats inside the abbey, decorated with flowers and flags. They were joined by charity workers and celebrities like Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and U.S. singer Katy Perry.
Officials have indicated that many parts of the event would have been familiar to Charles’ ancestors back to King Edgar in 973. In keeping with traditional hem, “Zadok the Priest” was sung on the anthem.
But there was also the modern, such as a gospel choir and a hymn written by West End and Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Although a Christian service, there will be an “unprecedented” greeting from fatherless granda non-Prince George and Camilla’s grandchildren served as pages at the conclusion.
Prince Andrew, Charles’ brother, was forced to resign from royal duties after associating with late U.S. businessman Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender. At the same time, Prince Harry, Charles’ younger son, had a public falling o. At the same time, the family was not included.
They were on the third row, right behind the royal family’s working members.
Charles, the titular head of the Church of England, looked solemn are oaths to govern justly and uphold the Church of England. Then, the ceremony’s holiest moment occurred when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby anointed Charles’ hands, head, and breast with holy oil consecrated in Jerusalem.
After receiving the symbolic regalia, the congregation chanted “God save the King” as Welby adorned the St. Edward’s Crown on his head.
Following the service, Charles and Camilla will ride to Buckingham Palace in a one-mile-long procession of 4,000 military members from 39 nations in the four-ton Gold State Coach created.
The coronation of Charles’s mother was the last major public event of its kind in Britain.
It’s fantastic to see everyone getting into the spirit and taking part. Afantasticchell, a 63-year-old teacher who got up early to make it to London, said, “It makes you feel pleased.
I worry that future generations won’t share the same entry worry.