King Charles’ Coronation


Avery Lemelin, Staff Reporter

 On May 6, 2023 Prince Charles finally became King Charles, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who served as Queen for 70 years and 214 days. There had been a long-standing plan for when Charles would become king called“Operation London Bridge.” His coron

  King Charles’ coronation service lasted just about two hours, an hour less than Queen Elizabeth II’s service lasted. His service followed the traditional template that has stood for 1000 years. It has also been modernized in certain ways. For the first time in history, the archbishop invited the British public to recite a pledge of allegiance to the newly crowned monarch. They also had gospel music at the service which was a first in history as well.  

  King Charles is the oldest heir to the throne. Queen Camilla was crowned with Queen Mary’s crown. This is the first time recently that a new crown was not made for this occasion. When Charles and his wife Camilla arrived at Westminster Abbey, they were in a coach drawn by six horses. After they were crowned they rode back to their palace in a larger parade with 4000 members of the armed forces, 250 horses, and 19 military bands. 

  Finally, the ceremony ended with a royal salute and an appearance on the balcony by the King and his family members. Soon after, crowds slimmed down due to the weather.