The arrival at Westminster Abbey, the sovereign’s prayer, the oath and the rite that leads to the moment in which the crown is placed on the King’s head: the coronation ceremony of Charles III, which took place on 6 May, followed a ‘ancient practice – partly renewed – which has not been seen since the mother of the current King, Elizabeth II, ascended the throne in 1953 and which has attracted the attention of millions of people around the world. Here are some of the most significant moments of the coronation ceremony. (THE CORONATION DAY – THE PHOTO STORY)
The moment of the oath
Among the most significant moments of the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, which took place on 6 May, was the one in which King Charles III took the oath in front of the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, placing his hand on the Bible.
The King’s Prayer
Following the new sovereign, after taking the oath before the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, he read a loud prayer inside Westminster Abbey.
Preparation for the coronation
The coronation ceremony of King Charles III was characterized by five main elements: the recognition, the oath, the anointing, the investiture and the coronation. The video shows the moment of the investiture ritual, in which King Charles III wore the royal robe and stole.
The moment of the coronation of King Charles III
And then there is the solemn moment of the coronation of King Charles III: the dean of Westminster brought the crown of St Edward to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who recited the prayer of blessing. The Archbishop then placed the crown on the King’s head and proclaimed: “God save the King”.
The moment of enthronement
During the coronation ceremony, King Charles III was enthroned. The rite is divided into three moments: the homage to the King by the Church of England, performed by the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; the homage of royal blood, operated by the Prince of Wales William; and finally the homage of the people, invited by the archbishop of Canterbury to swear loyalty to the King. In the past the ritual was marked by the genuflection and submission of those present to the monarch, this time the ritual was followed only by the heir to the throne William prince of Wales.
The coronation of Queen Camilla
Finally, after the ceremonial dedicated to the coronation of King Charles III, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby crowned the queen consort Camilla. The archbishop placed the crown made at the beginning of the 1900s for Queen Maria, wife of George V, on Camilla’s head.