On Saturday, King Charles III officially became the monarch of Britain and Northern Ireland.
As crowds lined the street to watch the pomp and ceremony, shouts of “God Save the King!” could be heard. As throngs of people celebrated the historic event, rich in tradition and religion, over 19 marching band took part in the royal affair. In a pure-gold carriage pulled by eight majestic horses, the King and Queen made a way through the crowd surrounded by thousands who marched with them in the Royal Processional.
The King’s Coronation also had modern influences sprinkled throughout, including the words of the King himself during his dedication to crown.
In a twist on royal tradition, he said: “I don’t come to be served. I come to serve.”
The entire royal household showed their support at a ceremony that was bursting with pageantry. The trumpets sounded exactly at the moment the Archbishop placed the crown on the head of King Charles. The Queen sat on her throne next to King Charles as she officially assumed her new role within the royal family.
Charles’ coronation comes almost eight months after his mother Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2008. According to NBC News, he is the 40th monarch to have been crowned.
Prince Harry was the only royal to attend and had no role in any of the official procession. He has since renounced his official duties. After the ceremony, he was seen casually chatting with Princess Beatrice and Prince Eugenie. Prince Harry reportedly entered a car alone and left the rest of the activities for the day to celebrate Archie’s Birthday with Meghan Markle, according to BBC.
Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew took their places on the balcony during the traditional celebration.