Leaders in the United States and Europe sent congratulations to Britain's King Charles III and Queen Camilla on their coronation on Saturday, May 6 while China called for "cooperation" and "peace."
At 7:02 p.m. (Philippine time), Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby bestowed St. Edward's Crown on the monarch's head after he took the coronation oath and was anointed by the Archbishop at Westminster Abbey.
Camilla was officiated as Queen, dropping the "Consort" title, as she wore a modified version of Queen Mary's crown.
US hails 'enduring friendship'
Congratulations to King Charles III and Queen Camilla on their Coronation. The enduring friendship between the U.S. and the U.K. is a source of strength for both our peoples.— President Biden (@POTUS) May 6, 2023
I am proud the First Lady is representing the United States for this historic occasion.
US President Joe Biden, whose country was represented at the lavish ceremony in London by First Lady Jill Biden, paid tribute to the "enduring friendship between the US and the UK."
In an interview aired Friday, he said he would meet Charles, 74, in July to talk in particular about environmental issues.
China urges 'cooperation and peace'
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the UK to work for "a stable and mutually beneficial... relationship" with his country after recent strains in their relations.
"China and Britain, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, should take a long-term and strategic view to jointly promote the historical trend of peace, development, and win-win cooperation," he said.
EU sees 'symbol of stability'
The Coronation is a testament to the enduring strength of the British monarchy. A symbol of stability and continuity.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) May 6, 2023
My congratulations to King Charles III and Queen Camilla. pic.twitter.com/rhLM9iAFrG
The head of the European Union's executive, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, called the coronation "a testament to the enduring strength of the British monarchy."
"A symbol of stability and continuity," von der Leyen tweeted, alongside a picture of her at the pageant-filled ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
EU Council President Charles Michel said the members of the 27-nation bloc, which the UK voted to leave in 2016, "appreciate the king's vast experience to promote understanding and respect" and "his tireless efforts to promote the sustainability of our planet."
Germany praises climate 'ally'
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is in Kenya for a visit, also welcomed the newly crowned monarch's interest in tackling climate change.
"(It) is very important that he is someone who is committed to a close cooperation between Great Britain and the European Union, and who also has his own personal agenda to advance climate protection," Scholz said.
'Friends of France'
Congratulations to King Charles III and Queen Camilla, friends of France.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 6, 2023
Proud to be by your side on this historic day.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who also attended the London ceremony, sent his "congratulations" to Charles and Camilla, calling them "friends of France."
'Best wishes' from Rome
L'antico mosaico cosmatesco nell'Abbazia di Westminster, sul quale oggi è stato posto il trono per l'incoronazione di Re Carlo III, è stato magistralmente realizzato da artigiani italiani circa otto secoli fa.— Giorgia Meloni (@GiorgiaMeloni) May 6, 2023
Oggi è ancora lì a meravigliare il mondo, e a raccontare la storica… pic.twitter.com/a8EN7XJPWn
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whose country was represented at the coronation by President Sergio Mattarella, sent her "best wishes to King Charles III, to Queen Camilla and the entire British people."
In a message on social media, she noted the symbolism of the Italian craftsmanship involved in the rare mosaic floor of Westminster Abbey.
She said the ancient "Cosmati pavement" on which the Coronation Chair was placed was "masterfully created" and "there to amaze the world and to recall the historic and fruitful cooperation between Italy and the UK, which we are certain... will further strengthen with King Charles III."
Friend of Greece
The foreign ministry in Greece, where Charles's father Prince Philip was born in 1921 on the island of Corfu, tweeted in English to "warmly congratulate HM King Charles III, a proven friend of Greece, in his Coronation day."
It wished him "success in his duties" and said it was "looking forward to continuing excellent cooperation and further deepening bilateral historic relations".