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King Charles officially crowned British monarch

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King Charles III is officially Britain’s reigning monarch, Fox News reports.

Telescope.ng gathered that the eldest son of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was crowned at London’s Westminster Abbey on Saturday. Beside him was his wife, Queen Camilla.

The 74-year-old ascended to the throne upon the death of his mother, who passed away in September 2022. The 96-year-old was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Charles was proclaimed Britain’s monarch two days later in an ascension ceremony broadcast for the first time on television.

“The king was nervous,” British royals expert Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital. “He was fiddling with the tassel in front of his robes as he walked down. I think this was unusual to see from him. But he has been thinking about this day for his entire life. He’s thought about every single detail, what means, what it should mean, deeply. He was just a kid when his mom was crowned.”

“Camilla looked like a natural,” Felton Spence shared. “Prince George looked so grown up and composed. And Kate Middleton looked absolutely bonkers beautiful.”

“The mood is spectacular!” Royal expert and journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti told Fox News Digital. “Despite his long preparation for this moment, King Charles looked humbled and even nervous throughout the ceremony, showing just how seriously he takes his role and the awesome weight of the responsibility and service required of him.”

“The blend of ancient and modern was also striking,” he shared. “The ancient rituals have their roots in the 9th century and were codified in the 14th century in a book called Liber Regalis. They’ve been modified over the centuries and today we saw truly modern touches included as well, especially to reflect the religious and cultural diversity of modern Britain.”

“Both the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte wore Alexander McQueen both ivory silk crêpe dresses including a rose (for England), a thistle (for Scotland), a daffodil (for Wales) and shamrock (for Ireland) embroidered within, wonderfully touching those in each country,” British royals expert Hilary Fordwich told Fox News Digital.

In honor of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, her daughter-in-law wore her pearl and diamond earrings as “a sentimental touch,” Fordwich noted.

The coronation ceremony dates back to the medieval period, and much of it remains unchanged. Westminster Abbey has been the setting of the ritual since William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066. A hundred heads of states attended with the U.S. maintaining its streak of a president never attending a British royal coronation. First lady Jill Biden was in attendance.

The ceremony was one of many faiths and languages to signify the new king as a unifying figure in the U.K. For the first time, a monarch was crowned in a ceremony that included the active participation of faiths other than the Church of England.

Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh leaders took part in various parts of the coronation. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s office described it as an act of Christian worship that reflected contemporary society. The ceremony also featured female bishops for the first time, as well as hymns and prayers sung in Welsh, Scottish, Gaelic and Irish Gaelic, as well as English.

“The king wanted the ceremony to reflect the whole of the U.K. and be representative of many backgrounds and faiths,” said Felton Spence. “He wants to set the tone right from the start.”

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