LIVE | Follow the coronation of Charles III and Camilla
It is a historical event that is followed all over the world: today Charles III. officially crowned, succeeding Elizabeth II who was crowned just 70 years ago. Follow the highlights of this historic day LIVE all day long.
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10:00 a.m : Remember, it was 70 years ago, on June 2, 1953, that Elizabeth II was crowned live on television. Charles III will become only the second king of England to watch his coronation on television and today on the internet. The coronation of King Charles III takes place this Saturday. instead of. At the age of 74, Charles III. crowned seven decades after his mother Elizabeth II. A coronation that comes eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. King Charles III will be the 40thth British monarch.
10:09am: Charles III and Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace for final preparations. They come from Clarence House, where they have lived since 2003.
King Charles III is the 40thth British monarchs have been crowned in Westminster Abbey since William the Conqueror in 1066! On this occasion, Britons are entitled to three days of celebration, with several consecutive events: the official ceremony at Westminster Abbey this Saturday, starting at 11am (12pm in France), a grand Coronation Sunday with lunch, a concert in Windsor, a day of volunteering on Monday.
For years Buckingham has prepared these celebrations for the coronation of Charles III. before. An operation codenamed “Golden Orb” (“Operation Golden Orb”): “orbe d’or”, the name of this orb that the king will hold during the ceremony. This 27.5 centimeter golden sphere, topped by a cross, symbolizes the Christian world. It consists of a hollow gold sphere set with precious stones and pearls. And above the globe a diamond-set cross, with a sapphire in the center on one side and an emerald on the other.
The last coronation, that of Elizabeth II, was dated 2 June 1953. It was the first time such a ceremony was televised. It was seen by 27 million Britons (population 36 million at the time). The ceremony had lasted more than three hours, with 8,251 guests at Westminster Abbey. 129 nations and territories were officially represented. Like Charles III. Today Elizabeth II also had to wait several months before she died after the death of her father George VI. was crowned in February 1952..
It’s the excitement at the mall. From that night onwards, the Mall gradually filled up. Some arrived as early as 2am, and the crowds continue to descend on The Mall, that wide avenue that ends to the west in a square in front of Buckingham Palace. Lots of people also in Saint James’s Park, but also in Hyde Park, the largest park in central London, where four giant screens have been installed. Giant screens are located in Grosvenor Square and are planned for other London locations.
10:42 : A dozen anti-monarchy protesters are being arrested by police, according to the Daily Mail and Sky News.
10:51 : Emmanuel Macron and his wife enter Westminster Abbey.
Many foreign heads of state attend the ceremony, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Other ministers: Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Pakistani Shehbaz Sharif. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty and government officials. US President Joe Biden, on the other hand, is not there. He is represented by his wife Jill Biden. Respect for tradition: Never before has an American president attended the coronation of a British monarch. Then came John Kerry, the 2004 United States presidential candidate who became Secretary of State in 2012 under President Barack Obama. Also present at the Abbey is Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill.