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Breaking: Fanfare as Charles III is crowned King



By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Charles III has formally been crowned as King in a music-filled service at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, a ceremony witnessed by thousands of dignitaries.

The Archbishop of Canterbury placed St Edward’s Crown on the King’s head. It’s the only time Charles will wear it in his life.

Another “God save the King” from the archbishop, and from the congregation. The abbey bells ring, trumpets sound and gun salutes are fired across the UK.

The King – escorted by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and Bishops Assistant, was enthroned.

The King took the throne, as the archbishop knelt before the monarch before pledging his faith to Charles III.

Charles had earlier taken the oath, while wearing his grandfather’s crimson velvet robe. He was anointed with holy oil, and presented with items of regalia.

Around 2,200 people, including the royal family, celebrities, faith leaders and heads of state, were inside the Abbey to witness the event.

Later in the service, Prince William pledged his loyalty to his father.

Traditionally, a succession of royals and peers are to homage by kneeling before the new king – swearing allegiance and kissing his right hand. But William was the only royal duke who did this at this time.

Queen Consort Camilla was also anointed and crowned in a simpler ceremony. She was crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown.

Later in the service, King Charles III and Queen Camilla who are no longer wearing their crowns, took the Holy Communion, which is the final part of the service.

Earlier, the King and Queen Consort, Camilla, arrived for the service in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. Thousands of people braved the rain to line the route from Buckingham Palace through central London.

After the service, there will be a second, larger procession before the couple appear on the Palace balcony, according to the BBC.

Earlier, leading members of Republic, the anti-monarchy group, were among half a dozen people arrested near Trafalgar Square.


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