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King Charles III and Queen Camilla are formally crowned at London’s Westminster Abbey (Video)



King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla, were both formally crowned Saturday in a historic ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey. The coronation ceremony, steeped in centuries of tradition but with a few small tweaks for the modern age, was playing out in front of about 2,000 invited guests and a global audience of millions watching on TV or livestream..

Though Charles officially became king following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Sept. 8, 2022, today’s coronation ceremony consecrates and celebrates his ascent.

The Archbishop of Canterbury placed Queen Mary’s Crown on the new queen’s head and said: “Thy servant Camilla, who wears this crown, be filled by thine abundant grace and with all princely virtues; reign in her heart, O King of love, that, being certain of thy protection, she may be crowned with thy gracious favour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Before placing the crown on King Charles’ head, the Archbishop said: “King of kings and Lord of lords, bless, we beseech thee, this Crown, and so sanctify thy servant Charles, upon whose head this day thou dost place it for a sign of royal majesty, that he may be crowned with thy gracious favour and filled with abundant grace and all princely virtues; through him who liveth and reigneth supreme over all things, one God, world without end. Amen.”

After crowning King Charles, he said “God save the King!”

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