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King Charles, Queen Camilla crowned

King Charles, Queen Camilla crowned

King Charles has been officially crowned at his Coronation on Saturday, the first in the UK for 70 years.

The Archbishop of Canterbury placed the St Edward’s Crown on the King’s head during a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The crown was made for King Charles II in the 17th Century and is only worn when the monarch is crowned – meaning King Charles III is not due to wear it again.

After the King was crowned, his wife Camilla was crowned Queen.King Charles, Queen Camilla, Crowned

The Coronation began at 11:00 BST and ended at 13:00, with the main theme being the importance of service.

That theme was reflected in the oaths and prayers King Charles made, and the sermon delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

“I come not to be served, but to serve,” the King said in his first prayer after reaching the abbey.King Charles, Queen Camilla, Crowned

“We are here to crown a King, and we crown a King to serve,” the Archbishop opened his sermon with.

“The King of Kings, Jesus Christ, was anointed not to be served, but to serve. He creates the unchangeable law that with the privilege of power comes the duty to serve,” he added.

In the abbey, Charles was proclaimed as the “undoubted King” in the first stage of the ceremony.

The congregation was then asked to show their homage and service, shouting “God Save the King”.King Charles, Queen Camilla, Crowned

Yet among the music and oaths, there were moments of complete silence as each stage of the ancient ceremony finished.

In the most sacred part of the service, the King was shielded from public view by anointing screens while choristers sang Handel’s Zadok the Priest – performed at every coronation since 1727.

Prince William also made a pledge of loyalty to King Charles, before members of the congregation were invited to offer their own support.

Gun salutes were made at 13 locations across the UK, including in London, Edinburgh and Hillsborough, at the moment King Charles was crowned, while the bells of Westminster Abbey rang for two minutes.

Meanwhile, the crowd on The Mall broke out in a chant of “God Save the King”, and the sound of popped corks could be heard.

Some 2,300 people were inside the abbey for the service, with Prince Harry arriving alongside his cousins.

Celebrity guests were also there.

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