LONDON (NewsNation) – Coronation ceremonies have begun in Great Britain, with the royal family turning the page on a new chapter, the first of its kind in 70 years.
Although King Charles III ascended the throne when his mother Queen Elizabeth II died last year, the coronation is a religious ceremony that more formally confirms his role as head of state and titular head of the Church of England. Alongside the King, his wife Camilla is crowned Queen, a first for the wife of an English monarch.
A procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey begins at approximately 5 am ET, 2 pm PT.
The coronation is the latest event to turn the world’s eyes on the British royal family, which has been rocked by turmoil and scandal in recent years since the shock exit of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan and an onslaught of allegations against the family. Charles’ brother, Prince Andrew, was sexually assaulted by a woman at a young age.
In the days leading up to the coronation, opinion polls showed the public in England and America Don’t really worry Regarding the event, 64% of UK respondents said they had little or no interest in the coronation. Meanwhile, Charles Not high approval ratings Among Americans, he’s not the most unpopular king — and that goes to his brother, Prince Andrew.
The pomp, pageantry and symbolism of this event dates back to the period when English monarchs enjoyed great power in the Middle Ages. There were about 2,000 people from all over the world was invited Attend the event in person.
The event – known as Operation Golden Orb – was much reduced in comparison to Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953. It is expected to come though A whopping estimated $100 million price tagA concern for the British people who are stuck with the economic downturn.
Prince Harry will attend. Buckingham Palace announced earlier that he would arrive, ending months of speculation that the prince would be welcomed after allegations of racism and media manipulation were leveled against the royal family.
How to Watch the Coronation Ceremony
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