He now has the royal scepter of Kingly power and justice. The rod of equity and mercy is a symbol of covenant and peace. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said “May the spirit of the lord who anointed Jesus at his baptism anoint you with wisdom and direct your council with grace, that by your service and ministry to all your people. Justice and mercy may be seen in all the Earth.” In giving the sacred anointing to Prince Charles. The presentation of regalia is now finalised. King Charles the Third now holds on his head Saint Edward’s crown.
The crown of the Anglo-Saxon king Edward the Confessor and Saint is now his crown. The crown which originated in the house of Wessex is now in the house of Windsor. King Charles III is now the head of the church of England and has been crowned by the heads of the church. He was also assisted by two bishops in the ceremony.
A church King Henry VII made the official church of England. King Charles III was blessed by the Archbishop of York and other prominent figures in the church of England. The cardinal Archbishop of Westminster also blessed King Charles III in his red attire that has lasted for centuries. Other members of the church wore clothing from Britain’s past.
It was a spectacular ceremony that brought the history of England together once more. There hasn’t been a crowning since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953. For many, this will be their first time seeing a British monarch crowned. Global dignitaries and all classes were invited to watch the King crowned.
The church, the military, and the royal family have always stood side by side in Britain. The Monarch and other royals use to fight with their men on the battlefield to secure Britain’s safety. Prince William and other prominent members of the royal family were in military attire as they also served in the military as royal tradition. Prince William and Kate Middleton wore royal robes at the request of the king. Prince George was one of the pages of honour. King Charles wore the robe of state and royal navy trousers.
Kings Charles is now the 40th monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. The first was William the Conqueror in 1066. Crowds gathered to greet and watch the royal family and the new King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Britain, the commonwealth- whose flags were held up with Britain’s, and the whole world to watch this historic event happen, a ceremony unique in this modern world; because this coronation hasn’t changed from how it was conducted in ancient times.
Legally, ceremonially, in attire, in religiosity, and royalty. A ceremony that’s more than 1000 years old. The ancient met modern in Charles’s coronation live, not in a book and not in an archive. This was a heritage of history in modern-day life and it was beautiful. The royal guards marching, the music, the choir, and the atmosphere brought the past into the future and it fitted. That’s remarkable.
Prince Charles was driven to Westminster Abbey in a black and gold carriage ( a gift from the people in Australia) drawn by white horses with blue hair. Westminster Abbey was a sanctuary for people in past times. The cross of Wales was leading those who were walking in front of the King…a little later we saw the Percivance of arms, a little after them, we saw the standards of the royal arms of England, Scotland and Ireland preceded by Wales then we saw the Royal standard.
Later we saw the Dean of Westminster then the Cross of Canterbury, then the Archbishop of Canterbury. For the first time, the sword bearer was a woman Penny Mordaunt. Queen Camilla was crowned with a queen’s crown made for and used to crown Queen Mary in 1911. The preaching by Justin Welby and the church’s possession was fantastic. As well as the entire ceremony.
It’s a definite must-watch online if you missed it.
Lastly echoing the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury and all at the ceremony “Long live the King.”
Author: Akosua Darko