King Charles III crowned sovereign of the U.K.

On Saturday, King Charles III, 74, of the United Kingdom was coronated at Westminster Abbey in London, the 62nd monarch of England and Britain. 

Along with His Majesty the King, Queen Camilla was also crowned during the extravagant history-filled service. 

Charles is the eldest son of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away in September 2022, with Charles ascending the throne.

According to reports, “The coronation ceremony dates back to the medieval period, and much of it remains unchanged. Westminster Abbey has been the setting of the ritual since William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066.”

The heir-apparent, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, took part in the ceremony alongside Prince George of Wales, who is second in line to the throne and assisted with carrying the King’s robe.

His Majesty the King was crowned with St Edward’s Crown and presented the royal jewels, including the famed 530.4-carat Star of Africa diamond affixed to the royal sceptre. He was coronated on the famed coronation chair, which has been used since 1308. It has survived all this time and holds the Stone of Scone, being used in royal coronations since the 13th century. 

St Edward’s Crown, the Orb, the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Dove, and the Sovereign’s Ring via Wikimedia Commons.

Queen Camilla was crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown. According to reports, “The spectacular sparkler is set with 2,200 diamonds and was made for King Charles’ great-grandmother for the coronation of her husband, King George V, in 1911.”

King Charles then left Westminster Abbey wearing the Imperial State Crown, worn first by King George VI and subsequently by Queen Elizabeth II, to return to Buckingham Palace.


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