King Charles III and his wife Queen Consort Camilla have officially been crowned by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in landmark coronation in Westminster Abbey ceremony on Saturday.
King Charles appeared in high spirits as the 360-year-old St Edward’s Crown has been placed on the monarch’s head as he sat upon a 14th-century throne in London.
The 74-year-old king, who succeeded his mother following his mother’s death in September, was earlier presented with an array of historical regalia from golden orbs and bejewelled swords to a sceptre holding the world’s largest colourless cut diamond.
Prince William and Prince Harry’s father, King Charles, became the 40th reigning sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, Britain’s coronation church since 1066. Before the crowning the archbishop delivered a sermon to the 2,300 guests.
Charles III was crowned on May 6 in Britain’s biggest ceremonial event for seven decades, a sumptuous display of pageantry dating back 1,000 years.
About 100 world leaders and a television audience of millions, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church witnessed the historic ceremony.