King Charles III has officially taken the throne in a grand coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. The historic event marked the beginning of Charles’ reign as monarch, following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September of the previous year.
During the ceremony, Charles took the Coronation Oath, becoming the first monarch to pray aloud at his coronation. In his prayer, he humbly requested to “be a blessing” to people “of every faith and conviction.” The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby anointed him with holy oil, signifying his divine right to rule as the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church.
The coronation ceremony was a lavish affair, attended by dignitaries from around the world, as well as members of the British royal family. Charles’ wife, Queen Camilla, was also crowned, making her the official queen consort.
Despite the pomp and ceremony, there were some who opposed the monarchy. Just hours before the event, the head of the United Kingdom’s main republican group and other anti-monarchist activists were arrested at a coronation protest in London.
In conclusion, King Charles III’s coronation was a momentous occasion, steeped in tradition and spectacle.