In the largest official ceremony Britain has witnessed in 70 years, and amid exceptional security measures, Britain crowns King Charles III today (Saturday), in a display of pomp and luxury for a festival dating back 1,000 years.
The masses and participants gathered since the early morning to follow the historic event, and the King of Britain welcomed crowds of well-wishers on his accession to the throne outside Buckingham Palace in central London, while the authorities imposed a security cordon around Westminster Abbey.
King Charles took over the throne to succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth, after her death last September, and at the age of 74 he will become the oldest British monarch to wear St. Edward’s crown made 360 years ago when he sits on the 14th-century throne in Westminster Abbey in London.
Under the gaze of about 100 state leaders and dignitaries, Charles is crowned, like 40 of his predecessors, in Westminster Abbey, which has witnessed all the country’s coronation ceremonies since William the Conqueror in 1066.
His second wife, Camilla, 75, will be crowned queen consort during the two-hour ceremony. Although the ceremony is rooted in history, those in charge of it will try to present a picture of a monarchy and a nation looking to the future.
The ceremony is scheduled to be on a smaller scale than the one that was held during the coronation ceremony of the late Queen Elizabeth in 1953, but it aims to be dazzling, as it will include a group of historical emblems from golden balls and jeweled swords to a scepter bearing the largest uncut diamond. color in the world.
Yesterday (Friday), the British King welcomed crowds of well-wishers on his accession to the throne outside Buckingham Palace in central London, where the authorities imposed a security cordon around Westminster Abbey. Prince William and his wife, Princess of Wales Kate Middleton, met the public lined up to greet the British royal family, on the eve of the official coronation ceremony, which is expected to be attended by a large number of world leaders.
For his part, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak praised the ceremony that will be held to officially crown King Charles as King of Britain, describing it as a review of the nation’s history and proof of its modern character, revealing a historical precedent recorded for the first time in this ceremony. He said that the ceremony, which will be held in Westminster, where the kings of England and Britain were crowned since 1066, will be attended by representatives of all religions for the first time.
The wife of British Prime Minister Morty, First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, was received at the British government headquarters, 10 Downing Street, where about 2,300 guests from several countries, including the United States, France and Germany, will attend the coronation ceremony of King Charles.