The top moments from King Charles's 'magical' Coronation that will last forever

The top moments from King Charles's 'magical' Coronation that will last forever
King Charles's Coronation: Watch highlights from the historic day as the UK celebrates new monarch
GB News
Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 07/05/2023

- 21:19

Updated: 07/05/2023

- 21:30

The UK enjoyed a truly historic day

King Charles’s big moment did not disappoint, and millions of royal fans around the world were left delighted as the royal bonanza rolled into Westminster Abbey.

On an emotional and celebratory day, we saw King Charles III and Queen Camilla inducted into their roles formally.

The incredible spectacle was not without its standout moments, from Prince Louis’ shenanigans to the crowning of our new monarch.

We look back at some of the defining highlights from a truly historic day.

King Charles at Westminster Abbey

King Charles enjoys his Coronation


1. The crowning of King Charles and Queen Camilla

Charles was crowned with the St. Edward’s crown, which was also used at his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, according to Historic Royal Palaces.

Camilla was crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, which was created in 1911 for Queen Mary, the consort of King George V.

The Queen made history in becoming the first consort in recent times to use the crown instead of having a new one design, which was an apparent move to promote sustainability.

Prince George

Prince George was granted a special role at the upcoming Coronation of King Charles and Camilla.


Camilla is said to have had the crown adjusted with some personal touches in order to reflect her personal style, as well as pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

2. Prince George plays a key role

The Prince and Princess of Wales’ eldest child took on his first solo role at a major ceremony as one of the King’s Pages of Honour.

The nine-year-old is second in line to the throne after his father, the Prince of Wales, and he rose to the occasion on Saturday as Charles and the Queen were crowned.

3. Prince Harry reunited with the Royal Family

The Duke of Sussex joined his royal counterparts in public for the first time since his series of damning allegations came to light in his recent memoir, Spare.

While it was only a fleeting appearance, the Duke was spotted entering with his cousin, Princess Beatrice, before smiling and waving to some familiar faces in the abbey.

Harry made a swift departure, arriving back in the US within 24 hours of the crowning of his father.

4. Prince Louis steals the show

Prince Louis grabbed everyone’s attention again as he joined his siblings and parents at Westminster Abbey for his grandfather’s coronation.

The young royal failed to stifle several yawns during the historic ceremony and at one point took a break away from the service before returning for the national anthem.

He also took the opportunity to point out interesting things to his sister, Charlotte, as they sat before the high altar.

Prince of Wales kisses his father at the Coronation ceremony

Prince of Wales shares a tender moment with his father


As the service drew to a close, the royal children sang God Save The King as their grandfather walked past.

5. Prince of Wales shares tender moment with his father

There was a touching moment between the King and Prince of Wales as William paid homage, the only blood prince to do so, in a break with tradition.

William appeared to avoid eye contact with his father through much of the homage.

Penny Mordaunt at the CoronationMordaunt opted for a 'modern' look on King Charles's big dayPA

He then kissed Charles on the cheek and the King was seen to say a few words to his elder son.

6. Penny Mordaunt takes on a vital role

Penny Mordaunt was praised for her conduct during the King’s coronation ceremony, which saw her hold ceremonial swords for more than an hour.

As Lord President of the Council she was responsible for bearing The Sword of State and presenting The Jewelled Sword of Offering to the King – the first time it has been carried and presented by a woman.

Dressed in a custom-made teal outfit with a matching cape and headband with gold feather embroidery, she held and carried the pieces for the majority of the service.

7. The royals take to the balcony

Charles and Camilla – joined by family members including the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, and the Princess Royal – stepped out into the rain at 2.25pm.

The sound of cheers swelled when the royals appeared on the balcony and shouts of “God save the King” could be heard.

GB News royal correspondent Cameron Walker looks back on the historic occasion

There were even screams from the thousands of excited fans and the volume of the cheers turned up a notch when Charles and Camilla waved.

8. Crowds brave the wet weather

The weather may have been wet, but that did not dampen the spirits of the crowds who lined the streets of London for a glimpse of the new King.

Some had grabbed their spots along the 1.42 mile processional route between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace in the early hours of the morning – wanting a front-row seat when the newly-crowned monarch appeared.

Republic protestersAnti-monarchy protesters were gathered in the CapitalPA

9. Arrests of protesters cause controversy

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that 52 people were arrested for affray, public order offences, breach of the peace and conspiracy to cause a public nuisance around the coronation.

10. Scaled-back flypast still goes down a treat

More than 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and RAF had been due to take part in the flypast, but only helicopters and the Red Arrows ultimately took part in the display which lasted for around two-and-a-half minutes.

A Royal Air Force (RAF) officer aboard one of the planes forced to withdraw from the coronation flypast has said the operation was “good operational practice”.

11. Chinese vice-president among dignitaries

Chinese vice-president Han Zheng, who presided over a crackdown on civil rights in Hong Kong, is among the dignitaries from around the world invited to Westminster Abbey for the coronation.

The presence of Beijing’s representative is highly controversial due to his role in the former British territory, but the UK Government has made clear that it wants to maintain engagement with the Asian superpower despite political differences.

12. Prince Andrew attends in Garter robes

The Duke of York wore his Garter robes to the King’s coronation, reflecting an apparent softening of the royal family’s stance towards him.

Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties after a controversial Newsnight interview and the furore over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, wore the ceremonial robes to Saturday’s service at Westminster Abbey.

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