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King Charles III Coronation Underway – The Hollywood Reporter

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The coronation of King Charles III is underway within the U.Okay.

A day of meticulously organized pomp, custom, ritual and royal pageantry that, for Charles, has been coming since delivery, has begun with a procession — generally known as The King’s Procession — escorting the King and Queen Consort Camilla from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey for the Coronation Service. It was right here the place Queen Elizabeth was topped virtually 70 years in the past to the day, on June 2, 1953. Charles, now 74, was 4 years previous on the time.

Alongside quite a few heads of state and British political leaders previous and new, visitors additionally included Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Maggie Smith.

Following the service, the King — joined by different members of the royal household — will return to Buckingham Palace in a bigger ceremonial procession, this time generally known as the The Ceremonial Procession. Media lenses will seemingly be on Prince Harry, who solely not too long ago was revealed as an attendee (and with out Meghan Markle, who stays in LA with their youngsters), and any interactions between him and his father, mother-in-law or brother Prince William following the revelations from his Netflix documentary, autobiography and subsequent interviews.

Again at Palace, the King, Queen Consort and royal members of the family will conclude the day with one among their long-standing traditions, an look on the balcony.

The coronation, which marks three full days of exercise (Monday has been made an official public vacation), has divided opinion throughout the U.Okay. Waning enthusiasm for the brand new King, whose reputation is markedly decrease than that of his mom, has seen solely 7 p.c of British adults describe themselves as “committed royalists” in keeping with latest analysis, and 58 p.c not within the royal household. In the meantime a mere 9 p.c say that care “a great deal” concerning the weekend’s occasions.

However a lot of the talk has centred on the price of the lavish occasion — £250 million ($286 million), being paid for by the British taxpayer on the time when the price of residing disaster has pushed many into poverty. Charles is already King — a title he inherited the second Queen Elizabeth handed away final yr — and the very fact this archaic occasion hasn’t been scaled right down to mirror the present instances, and even financed by the royal household itself, has left a bitter style within the mouths of some. For others, nonetheless, sustaining the spectacle of this grand royal event is a supply of nice nationwide pleasure, and hundreds lined the streets for the procession.

Earlier than the coronation began, numerous Republican activists who had been planning peaceable protests had been arrested “on suspicion of breaching the peace” by London’s Metropolitan Police, who additionally confiscated a whole bunch of placards.

“Our tolerance for any disruption, whether through protest or otherwise, will be low,” the police stated earlier within the week. “We will deal robustly with anyone intent on undermining this celebration.”



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