6 blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments at the coronation
The coronation ceremony of King Charles III and Queen Camilla has now come to an end, after a display of grandeur and tradition at Westminster Abbey today.
Britain’s new King and Queen were crowned in front of 2,000 guests as well as a worldwide audience, with millions tuning in to watch the ceremony on TV.
The coronation was a time of reflection and solemnity for the royal family and the nation, as a new Carolean era begins.
However, there were several moments of levity that many people could’ve missed if they’d simply blinked during the ceremony.
From an unexpected appearance from the “grim reaper” to the Duke of Sussex pulling an awkward face while taking his seat in the Abbey, we’ve rounded up six moments you might have missed.
Twitter users have pointed out a moment where a figure that appears to be dressed as the grim reaper walks underneath an archway in the Abbey as the congregation makes its exit.
“Anyone else just notice the Grim Reaper at Westminster Abbey?” wrote one person on Twitter, while another added: “Who invited the Grim Reaper?”
In mythologies, a character known as the Grim Reaper causes a victim’s death by coming to collect their soul.
The new Queen was crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown during the ceremony.
As it was placed on her head by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Camilla could be seen adjusting her hair out of her face.
As she walked to her chair after being crowned, the new Queen looked nervous and held herself rigidly, as though trying not to let the crown fall off her head.
The Duke of Sussex attended the coronation without his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, or his two children.
However, he appeared in good spirits as he entered Westminster Abbey with his cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their respective husbands.
Prince Harry was also photographed smiling widely at the Princess Royal as he took his seat in the third row in the Abbey.
However, at one point, a candid photograph caught the duke pulling an awkward face, which has been compared to him seeing a ghost.
One Twitter user joked he may have seen the “grim reaper”.
Harry wasn’t the only person at the coronation pulling strange faces.
TV hosts Ant and Dec were caught on camera making bizarre expressions as they moved their jaws while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
One viewer quipped: “That’s a ‘someone farted’ look.” Another suggested that the pair were like “two schoolboys” who “can’t contain their laughter”.