King Charles’ Coronation 2023
King Charles III celebrated his coronation on Saturday, May 6. His official ceremony took place eight months after his mother Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96, ascending him to the throne. His mother’s reign lasted 70 years, making her the longest ruling British monarch in history. Now with Charles’ coronation, a new era for the Royal family and the United Kingdom has begun.
While Charles immediately became King when his mother died, the ceremony comes months after Elizabeth’s passing to allow time for the country to mourn the loss of the monarch.
While the coronation symbolizes Charles’ ascension to the throne, it also celebrates his wife Queen Camilla taking on her new title. Of course, many members of the Royal family were in attendance to celebrate the momentous occasion, including Charles’ sons Prince William, who is the next in the line of succession, and Prince Harry, who also came to support his dad, after many discussions about whether or not he’d attend.
The Coronation Service of Their Majesties The King Charles III and The Queen Consort was attended by a congregation of more than 2,200 guests, including Members of the Royal Family, international representatives from over 200 countries, and approximately 100 Heads of State. The hand painted invitation, which was shared via the Royal’s Instagram, was sent to all guests. Notably absent among the guests were US President Joe Biden, though his wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, attended, and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who stayed in America with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
In the official announcement for the King’s coronation made back in October 2022, Buckingham Palace promised that the coronation would “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.” The Archbishop of Canterbury performed the official crowning of Charles with St Edward’s Crown and the crowning of Camila with Queen Mary’s Crown at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6.
King Charles & Queen Camilla On The Balcony At Buckingham Palace
King Charles III and Queen Camilla view the members of the public who came to see them at Buckingham Palace. The pair stood with their crowns on in the balcony appearance.