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All the Best Photos From King Charles III’s Coronation

Although the former Prince of Wales became King Charles III when Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, his position as the new monarch needs to be cemented by a final ceremonial event: the coronation, which is taking place today.

The last crowning ceremony was held nearly 70 years ago on June 2, 1953 when Queen Elizabeth was anointed Queen of England. As the royal family enters a new era in a modern age, Charles’ ceremonial crowning “will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” according to an official statement released by Buckingham Palace.

The historic occasion is set to unfold at Westminster Abbey, the coronation location for the past 900+ years, in several phases. The ceremony will begin with the recognition (when Charles is presented to the attendees as the new monarch), followed by the oath (the King will take an oath to uphold the law and the Church of England), the anointing (Charles’ hands, breast, and head will be anointed with holy oil by the Archbishop), the investiture (the Archbishop will present the monarch with the Royal Orb, the Sceptre, and the Sovereign’s Sceptre, then St Edward’s Crown will be placed on his head), and the enthronement and homage (when Charles will take the throne and attendees will kneel before him as His Majesty King Charles III). Following the 74-year-old monarch’s enthronement, Queen Consort Camilla will also be anointed and crowned.

Approximately 2,000 guests are expected to attend the hour-long coronation, including the British Royal Family (with the exception of Meghan Markle, Prince Archie, and Princess Lilibet), the British prime minister, representatives from the House of Parliament, heads of state, and other royals from around the world.

Scroll on for the best photos of the momentous event as coronation day unfolds.

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