Coronation in pictures: Processions, parades and the King’s crowning glory
King Charles III and his wife Camilla were crowned during a coronation service at Westminster Abbey on Saturday.
Charles became the 40th reigning sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, the nation’s coronation church since 1066, as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed St Edward’s Crown on his head.
King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, left Buckingham Palace for the ceremony in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.
Charles and Camilla personally decided to make their 1.3-mile outward journey – known as the King’s Procession – from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the more comfortable Diamond Jubilee State Coach.
The black carriage with gilded decorations is the newest in the Royal Mews.
It has shock absorbers to stop it from swaying, and heating, internal lights and power windows.
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis arrived at Westminster Abbey with their parents the Prince and Princess of Wales, walking behind the King and Queen Consort.
Meanwhile, Prince George played a formal role in the ceremony as one of his grandfather King Charles’s pages of honour.
Princess Charlotte wore an Alexander McQueen outfit, matching her mother.
Prince Harry attended the coronation with other members of the Royal Family, but his wife Meghan was absent.
He entered the Abbey with his cousins, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, and was seated next to Jack Brooksbank, the husband of Princess Eugenie.
Prince Harry was seen sitting three rows back talking to Princess Anne.
In the lavish ceremony, King Charles III swore an oath “not to be served, but to serve”, and kissed a specially-commissioned red leather-bound Bible, presented to him by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The senior members of the Royal Family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children, and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, were seen sitting in the front row during the ceremony.
The Princess of Wales wore a deep blue Royal Victorian Order mantle edged in scarlet over an Alexander McQueen embroidered ivory silk crepe dress, while the Duchess of Edinburgh wore a Suzannah dress with a Jane Taylor headpiece and Royal Victorian Order Mantle.
During one of the most sacred moments of the coronation, an anointing screen was erected featuring an embroidered tree celebrating the Commonwealth
The King was anointed with holy oil after removing his crimson Robe of State, and sat in the Coronation Chair – made for King Edward I in around 1300.
King Charles III was then presented with The Jewelled Sword of Offering.
The sword is blessed by the archbishop and was presented to the King by Lord President of the Council Penny Mordaunt – the first time the sword has been carried and presented by a woman.