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HIGHLIGHTS: Coronation of King Charles III

By Ratziel San Juan Published May 06, 2023 5:51 pm Updated May 06, 2023 10:49 pm

The formal crowning of King Charles III alongside his wife, Queen Camilla, has taken place on Saturday, May 6.

At 7:02 p.m. (Philippine time), Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby bestowed St. Edward's Crown on the monarch's head.

This took place after he took the coronation oath and was anointed by the Archbishop at Westminster Abbey.

Camilla was likewise officiated as Queen (dropping the "Consort" title) as she wore a modified version of Queen Mary's crown.

The coronation marks Britain's first in 70 years since the late Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953. Aside from this next most recent crowning of Charles III's mother, it has also been nearly 90 years since the 1937 coronation of the last king, George VI.

Here are highlights from the coronation day leading up to King Charles III's crowning.

King Charles III, Queen Camilla make coronation balcony appearance

King Charles III, Queen Camilla, and the Royal Family have made their first balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace. Together, they greet the British public.

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Newly crowned King and Queen arrive at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III and Queen Camilla are seen arriving at Buckingham Palace in the Gold Stage Coach. The family of Prince William in their separate vehicle trail closely behind.

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Fans gather to see the royal family

Crowds gathered near Buckingham Palace for the "King's Procession" following the King and Queen's formal coronation ceremony.

Thousands of service personnel are also taking part at the procession, marching behind Charles and Camilla's Gold State Coach, a 200-year old carriage once used by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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King Charles, Queen Camilla ride off to Buckingham

The newly crowned king and queen return to Buckingham Palace via the Gold Stage Coach. They are joined by Royal Family members along with thousands of British and Commonwealth troops in a larger mobile ceremony called the Coronation Procession.

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Camilla assumes the role of 'Queen'

Previously known as Queen Consort under the blessing of the late Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla is now recognized as Queen with the "Consort" title dropped formally today. She is crowned separately in a similar and simpler process as King Charles III.

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Royal members swear allegiance to King Charles III

Prince William, heir apparent to the throne, leads The Homage. The archbishop, royal princes, and senior members of the upper chamber of parliament, the House of Lords likewise swear their allegiance to the new monarch.

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King Charles III's most awaited 'crowning moment'

The Investiture concludes with St. Edward's Crown finally placed atop King Charles III's head.

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The Investiture initiates King Charles III's ascension

The new monarch receives the official orb and scepter as part of The Investiture, immediately preceding his crowning and ascension.

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Charles III anointed on King Edward's Chair

The Anointing commences. Here, the new monarch takes his place on King Edward's Chair, also known as the Coronation Chair, underneath a canopy. King Charles III is ceremoniously "anointed, blessed, and consecrated" by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

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British Prime Minister reads the first reading

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reads the first reading in front of the crowd at the King's coronation.

Charles III takes formal oath as King

King Charles III takes his coronation oath as witnessed by the archbishop. A Bible is presented before the new monarch from which he swears his oath to rule with just and merciful governance.

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The Recognition commences

King Charles III is presented to the congregation, which responds with resounding calls of "God Save the King!" at London's Westminster Abbey.

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Prince William and Princess Kate attend the coronation

The Prince and Princess of Wales walked behind the King at the Westminster Abbey in London, England together with their children and heirs apparent to the British throne Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive at the Westminster Abbey

King Charles III has arrived at the Westminster Abbey ahead of his coronation. 

Prince Harry attends the coronation without family

Prince Harry enters the Westminster Abbey without his wife, Meghan Markle (Duchess of Sussex) and sons Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.