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King Charles III crowned at Westminster

On 6 May 2023, Charles III was crowned King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Territories at Westminster Abbey. The coronation was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who pronounced the words ‘God save the king’ after placing the crown of St. Edward on the sovereign’s head. Before this, King Charles III received the various royal insignia, including the gauntlet, the armillae (armbands), the orb and the two sceptres. The sovereign was then enthroned, the last stage of his coronation. Seated on the throne, his head covered by the crown, he received the oath of allegiance from his son and heir William, followed by the public’s oath of allegiance. After the king’s coronation, Queen Camilla was also crowned and received Queen Mary’s crown.

After receiving communion, the king and queen consort made their way to St Edward’s Chapel behind the high altar. The monarchs then left the abbey accompanied by the national anthem, both wearing crowns on their heads. The king, wearing a long red velvet mantle trimmed with ermine and holding a sceptre and globe in his hands, walked in front of everyone, while the queen followed further behind. The ringing of the abbey bells greeted the king’s exit.

Around the city hundreds of thousands of people greeted the new sovereigns. Charles III and Camilla then returned to Buckingham Palace on the Gold State coach, the golden carriage used at all the last coronations since that of William IV in 1831. Only sovereigns and their spouses are allowed to ride in it.

Afterwards, Charles III and Queen Camilla, both wearing crowns on their heads and he in his royal cloak, stepped out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the crowd. With them were all the pageboys, two of Camilla’s ladies-in-waiting, the heir to the throne William with his wife Kate and their three children, and other members of the royal family. Prince Harry was not present.

In Westminster Abbey, the new king swore an oath to uphold the law and to be ‘a faithful Protestant’ to the Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury then anointed King Charles III, the most sacred part of the coronation ceremony, which therefore took place away from the eyes of the public, hidden by screens. The sovereign, who is also head of the Church of England, received the anointing on his head, chest and hands, sitting on the Coronation Chair. The oil for the ceremony came from olives from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

 

(with source adnkronos)

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