King Charles and Queen Camilla received their royal crowns at Westminster Abbey in the presence of other royals and prominent guests who witnessed the historic moment.
The coronation that Britain hasn’t seen in over 70 years was celebrated by thousands of fans in the streets of London.
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The event started with ‘The King’s Procession,’ when they arrived at Westminster from Buckingham Palace. First came the Recognition, where King Charles – standing beside the Coronation Chair – was presented to the people gathered at the Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The ceremony then proceeded with the Anointing when the King’s ceremonial robe was removed, and he took his place in the Coronation Chair. The Archbishop of Canterbury anointed the king’s head, breast, and hands with holy oil while a golden cloth was held over the chair to conceal Charles from cameras and those present in the Abbey.
King Charles III was presented with the Royal Orb, which stands for moral and religious authority, the Sceptre, which represents power, and the Sovereign’s Sceptre, a symbol of justice and mercy.
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Following the crowning of the King and the Queen, they returned to Buckingham Palace in a ceremonial procession known as ‘The Coronation Procession.’
Both Charles and Camilla had four Pages of Honor who were holding their robes during the ceremony as they walked through Westminster Abbey.
“Throughout the Coronation Service on 6th May, Their Majesties will each be attended by four Pages of Honour. The Pages will form part of the procession through the Nave of Westminster Abbey,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read.
“The King’s Pages of Honour will be His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Master Nicholas Barclay and Master Ralph Tollemache.”
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The Queen Consort’s Pages of Honour were Her Majesty’s grandsons, Master Gus and Master Louis Lopes and Master Freddy Parker Bowles, and Her Majesty’s great-nephew, Master Arthur Elliot.
Gus Lopes, the son of Camilla’s daughter Laura Lopes, suffered a broken arm during the weekend but he was still able to proceed with his role of a Page of Honor.
“‘Gus broke his arm in a bike accident while on holiday,’ a family friend tells me. ‘The cast has been removed, but he must have it in a sling on the big day,’” Richard Eden wrote for the Daily Mail.
“Though this is far from ideal, Gus has the appreciable consolation of being completely at ease with his step-grandfather. The bond between them developed when Gus and Louis were very young.”
Eden continued: “Should Gus seek inspiration for remaining steady on parade on Saturday, he need only think of the bravery and stoicism of his great-grandfather, Camilla’s father, Bruce Shand, who was awarded two Military Crosses, as well as being wounded, during his wartime service. Gus’s grandfather, Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles, who commanded the Blues and Royals, will be in the Abbey to provide him with encouragement.”
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During the walk, Gus was positioned to the right of Camilla’s robes, so he only had to use his left arm to carry the robe.
Camilla’s grandchildren are close to King Charles. During an occasion, she said, “When we are with my husband in Scotland, he reads them Harry Potter. And he does all the voices, because he is a brilliant mimic. They sit spellbound. They love it.”
When Kate and William married, Camilla’s granddaughter Eliza served as the youngest bridesmaid. All of her grandchildren spent this past Christmas at Sandringham with the rest of the royals.
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