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Charles III crowned in formal ceremony

Posted: Saturday, May 6, 2023. 9:07 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The coronation of Charles III, 74, as king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, king of 14 Commonwealth realms, and defender of the Anglican faith passed with little incident, as a ceremony steeped in a millennium of tradition and pageantry took place in London.

According to NBC News, Shouts of “God Save the King!” were heard, trumpets sounded and gun salutes rang out after the Archbishop of Canterbury placed the crown on Charles’ head at Westminster Abbey. Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla, then returned to Buckingham Palace in a sumptuous procession cheered on by crowds lining the roads.

The couple and other members of the family, including Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, and their three children then appeared on the palace’s balcony and greeted a flag-waving crowd below them. Not everyone is a fan of King Charles and the royals, however, and dozens of anti-monarchy activists and other protesters were arrested earlier on Saturday.

The coronation comes almost eight months after he ascended the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8. He publicly prayed, the first time any British monarch has done so at his coronation, for guidance from God to work with others in pursuing peace and gentleness in the world. The part of the ceremony where the people were asked to pay homage was toned down, with the Archbishop offering an “invitation” to quiet reflection and support while those in the Abbey read out the formal pledge.

Belize was represented by Governor-General Dame Froyla Tzalam; it was not an independent nation when Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952.

 

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