Charles III crowned king in London's Westminster Abby in first coronation in 70 years

May 6, 2023 - 16:08
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Charles III crowned king in London's Westminster Abby in first coronation in 70 years
By Adetokunbo Fakeye 

London - Charles III was crowned king of Britain and Northern Ireland today Saturday, April 6, 2023 in London in the royal church Westminster Abbey by the archbishop of Canterbury. 

More than 2,000 guests, thousands of troops and tens of thousands of spectators have turned out for the historic event that began at about 5:30 a.m. ET time after Charles traveled from Buckingham Palace in a gilt-trimmed, horse-drawn carriage to the church in a ceremony built on ancient traditions at a time when the British monarchy faces an uncertain future.

Trumpets sounded inside the medieval abbey and the congregation shouted “God save King Charles” as the ceremony began on Saturday in front of more than 2,000 guests, including world leaders, aristocrats and celeb. 
The crowning of Charles is built on ancient traditions and filled with pomp and pageantry – including magnificent hats and the signing of "God Save the King" inside the abbey and in the streets outside, according to the Associated Press.

Thousands of people from across the United Kingdom around the world camped overnight along the 1.3-mile route from the palace to the church, amid intermittent rain.

There were some protesters along the route, the wire service also reports.

Among those in attendance are first Lady Jill Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and eight current and former British prime ministers.
Source: AL Jazeera/JustTheNews

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