On Saturday, 6th May, Charles III, was officially crowned the King of the United Kingdom, after a lifetime as heir to his mother, queen Elizabeth II. Britain had her first coronation after 70years queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953. Dignitaries who were in attendance include; Rishi Sunak(the Uk prime minister), who gave a reading from the Bible at the service, Christine Wilen and among others.
Exactly 12;02pm on Saturday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby placed the solid gold of St Edward’s crown on Charlse’s head as a sacred and ancient symbol of the monarch’s authority. Cries of “God Save the King” rang out from the 2,300-strong congregation at Westminster Abbey and trumpet fanfares sounded at the climax of the solemn religious confirmation of his accession. The ceremonial gun salutes blasted out across land and sea while the bells pealed in celebration at churches across the country.
However, before King Charlse III and Queen Camilla left Buckingham Palace for their procession to the Abbey, dozens of anti-monarchy protesters were arrested by the police. According to the leader of Anti-monarchy movement, 64 of it’s member were arrested. The Anti-monarch movement are of the opinion that the Kingship should be elected and not inherited. Dozens of these protesters were seen with banners raised up on the route of the procession, voicing ; “Not My King”.
Meanwhile, many people were against the arrest of the protesters. Organisations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International voiced concern at the arrests. The Human Rights Watch stated that this is something one can expect to see in Moscow, not London.
It is worthy to note that this is the first coronation in 70years. It’s also the first time for United Kingdom to have a King since 1937 and it’s the second time to be televised. It’s also the first in color and streamed online.