King's Coronation as it happened: Charles crowned in spectacular ceremony after Prince Harry booed

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The new King was greeted with wild cheers as he appeared on the iconic balcony afterwards at Buckingham Palace. The armed forces put on a “spectacular” display of military pomp and pageantry as the King and Queen travelled by carriage through the streets of London. The event was the military’s largest ceremonial operation since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, which saw 9,000 servicemen and women deployed.

Follow the King's coronation as it happened, with all the news, analysis and reaction from the NationalWorld team.

The King's Coronation live

The UK (officially) has a King - Charles has been crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

As St Edward’s Crown was placed on the King’s head, there was complete silence in the abbey as the congregation stood for the momentous occasion.

The 2,300 guests then heartily echoed the archbishop’s cry of God save the King.

Charles is officially crowned King. Credit: PACharles is officially crowned King. Credit: PA
Charles is officially crowned King. Credit: PA

Prince Harry doesn't pay homage during service

In a break with tradition, the Prince of Wales, William, was the only blood prince to pay homage during the service.

Kneeling before the King, he said: “I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth I will bear unto you, as your liege man of life and limb. So help me God.”

Prince Louis seen yawning during crowning of Charles

It's a lot to take in for a young boy. Prince Louis, five, has been seen yawning on the front row in Westminster Abbey shortly after the crowning of his grandfather, the King.

(Left to right) Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Princess of Wales, and the Duke of Edinburgh during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Picture: Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images(Left to right) Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Princess of Wales, and the Duke of Edinburgh during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Picture: Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images
(Left to right) Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Princess of Wales, and the Duke of Edinburgh during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Picture: Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Camilla is crowned Queen and anointed

The Queen has been crowned and anointed during the coronation service.

While the King was shielded from public view while being anointed, the Queen was anointed in full view.

She was also crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Queen was anointed and crowned during the coronation ceremony. (Credit: PA)The Queen was anointed and crowned during the coronation ceremony. (Credit: PA)
The Queen was anointed and crowned during the coronation ceremony. (Credit: PA)

Crowning of King causes great emotion in Hyde Park

Our reporter Imogen Howse says the official crowning of King Charles caused a lot emotion in a very damp Hyde Park. In the moments before the Archbishop of Canterbury placed the crown on Charles' head people held hands and waited with baited breath, before erupting with cheers when he was crowned.

One woman then crowned her young son, with what looked like a Burger King crown. So spirits are certainly not diminishing despite the torrid weather.

The "slimmed-down" coronation ceremony coming to close

The coronation ceremony is coming towards its end. Bear in mind that this was the slimmed down ceremony - previous coronations would have been longer. Now Charles and Camilla will travel back to Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach (note a different coach from the one they arrived on). My colleague Matthew Mohan-Hickson has more information on the Gold State Coach.

Procession route for Gold State Coach

King Charles and Camilla will now travel back to Buckingham Palace, in the Gold State Coach, ahead of the royal appearance on the balcony. This is the route they will take:

The route that Charles and Camilla will take back to Buckingham Palace. Credit: Mark HallThe route that Charles and Camilla will take back to Buckingham Palace. Credit: Mark Hall
The route that Charles and Camilla will take back to Buckingham Palace. Credit: Mark Hall

'This is when the fun will begin'

The procession back to Buckingham Palace has begun. Clare Balding, commentating for the BBC, has just declared: "This is when the fun will begin."

The Gold State Coach. Picture: Dominic Lipinski - Pool / Getty ImagesThe Gold State Coach. Picture: Dominic Lipinski - Pool / Getty Images
The Gold State Coach. Picture: Dominic Lipinski - Pool / Getty Images

My colleague Molly Paul, on our sister site PeopleWorld, has been profiling some of the young royals that have been on our screens today.

Molly writes: "Ahead of the monarch arriving in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, his youngest brother Prince Edward walked in with his wife Sophie and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 19, and James Viscount Severn, 15.

"The two young Royals commanded attention late last year during the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth and the preceding lying-in state ceremony as James became the youngest ever to participate in the event.

Prince Edward with his wife Sophie and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 19, and James Viscount Severn, 15.Prince Edward with his wife Sophie and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 19, and James Viscount Severn, 15.
Prince Edward with his wife Sophie and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 19, and James Viscount Severn, 15.

"Similarly, today Lady Louise Windsor looked stunning as she adorned a £1,290 Suzannah London chiffon tea dress that channelled summer with prints of sapphire-blue blooming flowers, taken by French botanical photographer Rachel Levy.

"Pairing the dress with a powder blue hat from Jane Taylor, Lady Louise took a break from her first-year studies at St Andrews University to watch her uncle be crowned."

Mounties at head of royal procession

Royal Canadian Mounted Police - commonly referred to as Mounties - are at the head of the procession. My colleague Matthew Mohan-Hickson has written about the Mounties in depth:

According to the RCMP’s official website: “The Mountie nickname dates back to 1897 at Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in London, England.

“The British newspapers coined the nickname following the first appearance of the North-West Mounted Police in red tunic on horseback.”

Mounties of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police along The Mall on September 19, 2022 in London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Mounties of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police along The Mall on September 19, 2022 in London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Mounties of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police along The Mall on September 19, 2022 in London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Mounties, as they are commonly known, is famous for the image of its officers - wearing red and a Stetson hat.

The Mounties began to appear in Hollywood movies as far back as the 1920s and helped to make the police force a household name.

The RCMP’s website states: “By the 1950s, more than 250 English language movies and almost as many novels featured the Mounties.

“This is where the famous catch phrase The Mountie always gets his man!, first used in an American newspaper in 1877, gained popularity.”

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