The Coronation of the new King was a perfectly rehearsed blend of ritual, procession, music and mystery, watched by 20 million people in the UK – making it the most-viewed broadcast of the year so far, by a sizeable distance.
Since the late 14th century, every Coronation ceremony has essentially followed the same order of service laid down in Westminster Abbey’s magnificent medieval illuminated Latin manuscript, the Liber Regalis, which can be viewed in the Galleries at the Abbey.
The theme of the liturgy for King Charles III’s Coronation was 'Called to Serve', reflecting His Majesty's commitment to serve God and the people. Alongside the ancient traditions, the service included new elements recognising and celebrating the character of the United Kingdom today.
Monarchy is the oldest form of government in the United Kingdom. In a monarchy, a king or queen is Head of State. The King is a constitutional monarch. This means his roles differ vastly from those of historical kings and queens. While The Sovereign is Head of State, the ability to make and pass legislation resides with an elected Parliament. The King is already known for his sense of duty, having devoted his life to service. He has become a figurehead for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during a challenging time for many people around the world.
After a day of street parties and Big Lunch events around the UK, a star-studded Coronation concert took place in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Members of the Royal Family watched from the Royal Box alongside special guests including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Baroness Scotland.
We asked Residents’ Associations around the country to share their Coronation celebration stories with us – Here’s what you told us: