King Charles III and Queen Camilla crowned in Westminster Abbey

King Charles and Queen Camilla wave from the balcony.
King Charles and Queen Camilla wave from the balcony.   -  Copyright  AP
By Sudesh Baniya  with AP

King Charles III and Queen Camilla have been crowned in a service at Westminster Abbey in the first Coronation service for nearly 70 years.

King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, have been crowned as the King and Queen of the UK and other Commonwealth realms at a service in Westminster Abbey, in a ceremony that garnered global attention. 

The King was anointed with holy oil and swore the oath before the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a ceremony attended by more than 100 heads of state. 

Tens of thousands gathered around the procession route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey despite the London rain to get a glimpse of the UK's first coronation in 70 years. 

The royal couple were cheered throughout the procession to and from Westminster Abbey, ultimately appearing in front of an anticipating crowd from the Buckingham Palace balcony. 

The appearance was followed by a fly past, which had to be scaled down due to poor weather conditions. 

However, London police were accused of stifling free speech after they arrested more than a dozen environmental activists and six anti-monarchy protesters ahead of the coronation procession.

Hundreds of "Not My King" signs were also seized in the process, according to the anti-monarchy group Republic. 


Follow the coronation as it happened

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You can see how the day unfolded from the procession to the crowning moment and the flypast after the balcony appearance of the newly crowned monarchs. 


Watch the King and Queen appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to crowds: 


Following an eventful day in London, the royal couple are now receiving a wave of well-wishes, from notable dignitaries and heads of state from around the world.


French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated the King and the Queen and was in attendance at Westminster Abbey. 


The King and the Queen have returned back to Buckingham Palace, putting an end to the formal ceremony for the day. 

However, celebrations will continue in the UK and other Commonwealth realms throughout the weekend. Here are some official weekend events organised by the Palace: 

May 7: The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, The Coronation Big Lunch

May 8: The Big Help Out

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The flypast has begun with 16 helicopters, after being scaled down due to poor weather. 

The flypast was due to last six minutes with nearly 60 aircraft initially. 


King Charles and Queen Camilla appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony

The newly crowned monarchs appeared in front of thousands anticipating in the Mall, later accompanied by their pages and other members of the royal family. 


The crowning moment 

The crowning moment is the only time during his reign that King Charles III will wear the solid gold crown.


Here's a video of King Charles and Queen Camilla arriving in the Gold State Coach at Buckingham Palace after the coronation: 


Flypast scaled back due to weather

The flypast will now be formed of helicopters and The Red Arrows only due to poor weather conditions.

The balcony appearance has also been delayed for a few minutes for crowd control reasons. 

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