BRITAIN’S King Charles III, on Saturday, finally had a date with destiny after a lifetime as heir to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as he was officially crowned king in the first coronation in Britain since 1953.
At exactly 12:02 pm, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed the solid gold St Edward’s Crown on Charles’s head as a sacred and ancient symbol of the monarch’s authority.
Cries of “God Save the King” rang out from the 2,300-member congregation at Westminster Abbey and trumpet fanfares sounded at the climax of the solemn religious confirmation of his ascendancy.
Outside, ceremonial gun salutes blasted out across land and sea while bells pealed in celebration at churches.
Charles, 74, will wear the St Edward’s Crown only once during his reign. His wife, Camilla, 75, was crowned queen in a simpler ceremony soon afterwards.
Here are some moments from the historic ceremony in pictures: