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PICS: King Charles III crowned in UK’s first coronation in 7 decades

Historic moment as King Charles III is crowned, ushering in a new era for the UK and the Commonwealth realms.

On Saturday, King Charles III was officially crowned king of the United Kingdom, in the coronation ceremony held at Westminster Abbey.

This follows after a lifetime as the heir apparent to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on 8 September 2022.

King Charles’ coronation ceremony

With Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presiding over the ceremony, the 74-year-old monarch was greeted by cheers of ‘God save the king’.

PICS: King Charles crowned

Outside of the United Kingdom, he is also king of 14 other Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Camilla, his second wife, was crowned as queen alongside him.

Formerly known as the Queen Consort, she will go by Queen Camilla after the ceremony.

‘Coronation Procession’

According to the Royal coronation guide, King Charles and Queen Camilla will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’.

The procession passes through Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall, past Parliament Square, and ends at Westminster Abbey.

Watch the procession here:

They will be joined in this procession by other members of the Royal Family, including William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales.

The Royal family will then gather at the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Flypast and the conclusion of the day’s ceremonial events.

Coronation: Historic facts

The coronation is the first in Britain in 70 years, making it the second coronation in history to be televised.

Moreover, King Charles III is the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned at the central London church since King William I in 1066.

Coronations have taken place at Westminster Abbey since 1066, making it the historic location for this royal ceremony.

Prior to the construction of the Abbey, coronation ceremonies were held at various convenient locations, including Bath, Oxford, and Canterbury.

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