On a historic day, King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla, were formally crowned in a grand ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey. The coronation, steeped in centuries of tradition but with a few modern touches, was witnessed by about 2,000 invited guests and a global audience of millions who watched it on television or through livestream.
Despite becoming the king after the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8, 2022, the coronation ceremony today marked the official recognition and celebration of King Charles III’s ascent to the throne.
The ceremony was an awe-inspiring display of pageantry, where the royal couple made their way through the packed streets of London in a horse-drawn carriage to reach the Abbey. Inside the Abbey, the archbishop of Canterbury presided over the religious ceremony, which included the anointing of the new monarch with holy oil, the presentation of the royal symbols, and the crowning of both King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
The royal couple appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, joined by other senior members of the royal family, including William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and their children, to witness a military fly-past and greet the public. The traditional balcony appearance has become a significant moment in the history of British royal events, with people gathering in huge numbers to get a glimpse of the royal family.
As a symbolic gesture, the newly crowned King Charles III and Queen Camilla also addressed the nation in a televised speech, expressing their commitment to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. They expressed their gratitude to the people for their love, support, and warm wishes on their coronation day.
The coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla was a momentous occasion in the history of the British monarchy. The ceremony demonstrated the continuity of tradition while also incorporating modern elements, symbolizing the beginning of a new era for the monarchy. The world watched in awe as the newly crowned monarchs embarked on a new chapter of their reign with the support of their family and the people of the United Kingdom.