King Charles III was on Saturday formally coronated in a grand, religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London.
Despite officially becoming the King after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8th, 2022, Charles’ coronation ceremony is a significant event that marks and commemorates his ascension to the throne.
With the crown placed on Charles’ head by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, he became the 40th reigning sovereign to receive this honour.
Prince William also pledged loyalty to his father, King Charles III by kissing his right hand.
“I am William, Prince of Wales pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth. I will bear unto you. As your liege man of life and limb, so help me God,” William said.
Although Prince Harry was also present at his father’s coronation ceremony, he did not have a significant role.
After the coronation, guests in the cathedral sang the UK’s national anthem, “God save the King” while King Charles III exited Westminster Abbey.
As they returned to Buckingham Palace, the king and queen led another procession in their horse-drawn carriage, greeting people.
Military personnel gave King Charles and Queen Camilla a Royal Salute and three cheers while the national anthem was played in the garden of Buckingham Palace.
The procession was joined by 4,000 British and Commonwealth troops, as well as members of the royal family.
International leaders around the world were also present to congratulate King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
Chinese state media reported that President Xi Jinping congratulated King Charles III and Queen Camilla on their coronation.
Giorgia Meloni, the Italian Premier, also offered her congratulations to King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, and the British people in a social media post.
In a tweet, Joe Biden congratulated the King and Queen and highlighted the lasting friendship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in London at the moment, joined other world leaders at the coronation in Westminister Abbey.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd.) are among senior government officials who accompanied the President.
The coronation was watched by millions at home, while many royal fans lined the streets of London to celebrate.