The long-awaited coronation day of King Charles finally arrived eight months after he assumed the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The historic event took place at Westminster Abbey and commenced with a grand procession from Buckingham Palace.
The coronation ceremony consisted of six stages, including the recognition, oath, anointing, investiture, enthronement, and homage. It was a memorable day for the new king, who had waited all his life for this momentous occasion.
The ceremony got over 2,200 guests, including members of the British royal family, foreign royals, and heads of state.
However, it was not as grandiose as Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, which was attended by a record-breaking 8,251 people. After the ceremony, the British royal family made their way back to the palace’s balcony to watch a flypast of military aircraft.
Despite the excitement surrounding the coronation, not everyone was happy about it. Anti-monarchy group Republic led by Graham Smith organized a protest, inviting the public to wear yellow and meet at Trafalgar Square to express their opposition to the monarchy. Smith and several other members were arrested before the ceremony even began. The protest aimed to start a debate on the future of democracy in Britain.
The coronation attracted a global audience of millions, with people from all over the world tuning in to watch the ancient ceremony and celebrations.
The new king’s reign began amidst protests, but he remains optimistic about his future as the ruler of Great Britain. The coronation was a significant milestone for King Charles, and he has big shoes to fill as he steps into his new role as the sovereign of the United Kingdom.