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CORONATION OF KING CHARLES III

HAPPY & GLORIOUS! King and Queens coronation underway at Westminster Abbey

THE KING and Queen’s coronation ceremony is under way at Westminster Abbey.

A string of famous faces are at the royal church for the ceremony, which started just after 11am.

Rain has been falling in London, where large crowds are gathered to witness history, while millions around the world have tuned in for the UK’s first coronation since Queen Elizabeth II’s in June 1953.

Charles and Camilla arrived at the Abbey from Buckingham Palace, where they will return in the Gold State Coach after the lavish service.

11.14am


A specially-commissioned red leather-bound Bible has been presented to the King, upon which he swore oaths to govern the people with justice and mercy, and uphold the churches established by law in the United Kingdom.

The formal Presentation of the Bible to the sovereign dates back to the joint Coronation of William III and Mary II in 1689.

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11.13am


The King has turned to each of the four points of the compass and has been recognised by his people as their ‘undoubted King’.

The recognition rite saw King Charles presented to the congregation at the beginning of the service, with the participation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Baroness Amos, Lady Elish Angiolini, and Christopher Finney, Chair of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association.

Each said in turn: “I here present unto you King Charles, your undoubted King.

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“Wherefore all you who are come this day to do your homage and service: are you willing to do the same?”

The congregation and choir replied: “God save King Charles.”

11.11am
Prince George was carrying a corner of his grandfather, the King’s, trailing robes as the royal party made its way into Westminster Abbey.

His siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were earlier seen peering out of a car window as they arrived outside the church.

11.10am
In a new element to the coronation service, Charles highlighted the “Called to Serve” theme of the ceremony’s prayers when he was greeted by 14-year-old Samuel Strachan, the longest-serving chorister of the choir of the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.

The chorister, who attends the City of London School, welcomed the monarch in the name of the “King of Kings” – a reference to Jesus Christ.

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King Charles replied: “In his name, and after his example, I come not to be served, but to serve.”

11.09am
The Queen gave a restrained smile to guests as she walked through Westminster Abbey ahead of the King.

11.08am

11.04am
As the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out, the King and Queen left the carriage.

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Camilla got out first, followed by Charles after a short pause outside the church.

The King waved to members of the press opposite the Abbey.

Prince George was among the pages of honour.

The Prince and Princess of Wales entered the Abbey last.

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11.01am
As the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out, the King and Queen left the carriage.

Camilla got out first followed by Charles after a short pause outside the church.

The King waved to members of the press opposite the Abbey.

10.51am
The Duke of York, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Royal were driven back up the Mall towards Buckingham Palace with other members of the royal family.

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Andrew waved from a state car as he passed the Queen Victoria Memorial.

10.50am
The King and Queen have arrived at Westminster Abbey for their coronation.

10.47am
The Duke of Edinburgh entered Westminster Abbey with his wife the Duchess of Edinburgh and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, the Earl of Wessex.

10.43am
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment band made its way through Admiralty Arch at 10.33am.

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It was led by the regiment’s two drum horses, Atlas and Apollo.

The band was followed minutes later by the carriage carrying Charles and Camilla.

As the procession turned the corner into Whitehall a military band began playing God Save The King.

There were loud cheers and lots of flag-waving as the royal couple passed by, both were smiling and waving back a the waiting crowd.

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10.42am
Harry arrived at the Abbey along with the Duke of York and Princess Royal.

Anne and Andrew and their children all entered together along with the Duke of Sussex just before 10.40am.

Harry was seen chatting with his cousins.

10.40am
The Duke of York has been pictured on his way to the royal church.

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