King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla have formally been crowned in the historic first Coronation in 70 years today at Westminster Abbey in London.
Massive crowds lined the royals’ route to and from the ceremony over the course of several hours.
Charles and Camilla began their procession toward the coronation from Buckingham Palace through Central London in a golden carriage led by eight horses.
About 200 members of the British military were mounted on horses as part of the procession, largely drawn from what’s known as the Household Cavalry Regiment. On either side of the route to Westminster Abbey were around 1,000 other soldiers, sailors and Royal Air Force personnel.
They disembarked from their three-ton carriage at the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, flanked by church officials and followed by a retinue of support staff dressed in red uniforms.
While bells rang outside, trumpets and singing filled the inside of the Abbey to mark their procession through the nave and past a large choir, before taking their seats at the start of the formal ceremony.
In his first spoken part of the ceremony, Charles said that he has come to “serve, not to be served” and to follow the example of the “king of kings.”
After being presented to the audience and repeatedly proclaimed as king, Charles swore a series of oaths that relate to his responsibilities in this new role.