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#Coronation: King Charles III and Queen Camilla are crowned at Westminster Abbey

For the first time in seven decades, a new British monarch has been formally crowned. Britain's King Charles III has been crowned in a magnificent and deeply religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

 The coronation — a symbolic coming together of the monarchy, church and state is being attended by dignitaries from around the world, and thousands of people have gathered in London to take in the pageantry. It's Britain's first coronation in 70 years.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed St. Edward's Crown upon Charles III's head, the most significant part of the coronation service.

    As he prepared to do so, Welby said: "King of kings and Lord of lords, bless, we beseech thee, this Crown, and so sanctify thy servant Charles, upon whose head this day thou dost place it for a sign of royal majesty, that he may be crowned with thy gracious favour and filled with abundant grace and all princely virtues; through him who liveth and reigneth supreme over all things, one God, world without end. Amen."

After crowning the King, Welby said: "God Save the King."

It's the only time Charles will ever wear St. Edward's Crown, which is reserved for the coronation of a new monarch.

Queen Camilla received her own coronation — albeit in a slightly different form.

Like her husband, she is anointed with holy oil by the Archbishop of Canterbury, but without a screen, which demonstrates the different nature of anointing a consort compared to a reigning sovereign.

The Keeper of the Jewel House then presents the Consort’s Ring, which symbolizes promise and commitment, “marrying” her to the King and both to God and their people.

She is crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, marking the first time in recent history that a new crown wasn't made specifically for this occasion, and presented with the Sceptre and Rod.

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