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King Charles III’s coronation is underway – The Hollywood Reporter


The coronation of King Charles III is taking place in England

A day of meticulously celebrated pomp, tradition, ritual and royalty that for Charles, from birth, began with a procession — known as the King’s Procession — escorting The King and Queen Camilla from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey for the Coronation. It was here that Queen Elizabeth was crowned nearly 70 years ago until June 2, 1953. Charles, now 74, was only 4 years old at the time.

Along with many British heads of state and political leaders old and new, guests included Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Maggie Smith.

After the ceremony, the King – along with other members of the royal family – will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, this time known as the Ceremonial Procession. The media’s lenses will likely be on Prince Harry, who was recently revealed as an attendee (and without Meghan Markle, who remains in LA with their children), and any interactions between him and his father, mother-in-law or brother Prince William following revelations from the Netflix documentary, his autobiography and subsequent interviews.

Back at the Palace, the King, Queen and members of the royal family will end the day with one of their age-old traditions, balcony appearances.

The coronation, which marked three full days of activity (Monday is considered an official holiday), has caused mixed reviews across the UK. According to a recent study, the number of adults in the UK describe themselves as “devoted royalists” and 58% have no interest in the royal family. Meanwhile, only 9% say they care “a lot” about weekend events.

But much of the debate has focused on the cost of the lavish event – £250m ($286m), paid for by UK taxpayers at a time when the cost of living crisis has pushed many into poverty. Charles was already King – the title he inherited after the second Queen Elizabeth died last year – and the fact that this ancient fact has not been scaled down to reflect the present time, or even even sponsored by the royal family itself, has left a sour aftertaste in the mouths of some. For others, however, maintaining the spectacle of this grand royal event was great national pride, and thousands of people lined the streets to wait for the procession.

Before the coronation began, a number of Republican activists who were planning a peaceful protest were arrested by the London Metropolitan Police “on suspicion of a breach of the peace” and confiscated hundreds of thousands of dollars. banner plate.

“Our tolerance for any disruption, whether due to protest or otherwise, will be low,” police said earlier this week. “We will take strong action against anyone who intends to sabotage this celebration.”

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