King Charles III crowned in UK's first coronation since 1953

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King Charles III crowned in UK's first coronation since 1953

Charles III was crowned monarch of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms on Saturday at Britain's first coronation for 70 years, during a ceremony steeped in a millennium of ritual and spectacle. Follow our blog to see how the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

After a lifetime as heir to his late mother Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, 74, became the oldest sovereign yet to be crowned at London’s Westminster Abbey.

At 12:02pm (11:02 GMT), Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed the solid-gold St Edward’s Crown on Charles’s head as a sacred and ancient symbol of the monarch’s authority.

Welby also crowned Charles’s wife, Queen Camilla, 75.

>> Watch more : King Charles III's coronation ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey

Cries of “God Save the King” rang out from the 2,300-member congregation, which included foreign royalty and political leaders.

Returning to Buckingham Palace in the day’s second horse-drawn parade, the royal family appeared on the balcony to applause and more chants of approbation from tens of thousands of well-wishers braving a spring downpour.

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