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As millions of people across the world watched, Camilla was crowned Queen.

After Queen Elizabeth II passed away, she assumed the role of Consort to support her husband King Charles III’s rule.

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Over the course of more than 50 years, she transitioned from romantic involvement to mistress to finally wife of the King, and the trip culminated with her being formally crowned as the country’s Queen.

In a ceremony today, Camilla was crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, which has been reset with the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds.

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It is the first time in almost three centuries that an existing crown will be worn, as opposed to a new piece.

Camilla was also anointed in public by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a break with tradition.

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The Dean of Westminster poured oil from the ampulla into the coronation spoon, and held the spoon for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

As she was anointed the Archbishop said: ‘Be your head anointed with holy oil.

‘Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness; hear our prayer this day for thy servant Camilla, whom in thy name, and with all devotion, we consecrate our Queen.

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Camilla was also anointed in public by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a break with tradition

‘Make her strong in faith and love, defend her on every side, and guide her in truth and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’

This morning, the official royal website was updated to refer to Camilla as ‘the Queen’ as opposed to the Queen consort.

The coronation ceremony began at 11am, inside Westminster Abbey, and was held by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

At 12pm, King Charles was crowned with the St Edward’s Crown in a lavish ceremony.

He wore crimson robes as he arrived at Westminster Abbey, the site of every coronation for the past nine centuries.

It is tradition for the monarch to wear the solid gold St Edward’s Crown – often dubbed the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels – at the moment of coronation.

Only invited guests were able to watch the ceremony in person with footage broadcast to big screens and television across the world.

While Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was three hours long, the coronation of King Charles is due to last until 1pm.

Up and down the UK, big screens have been placed in public parks so people can gather to watch today’s events unfold.

There are dozens of screenings taking place in every corner of England, but only two each in Wales and Scotland.

Both of the Welsh locations are in Cardiff – at the capital’s castle and its bay – while the Scottish events will take place at Glasgow Cathedral and Edinburgh’s Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, there’s capacity for 15,000 people to watch the ceremony in public across nine locations.

Those travelling across the country on public transport today will be reminded to ‘mind the gap’ by the King himself.

Charles and Camilla have recorded an announcement which is being played between Friday and Monday at every railway station across the UK and all London Underground stations, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said.

In the message, the King begins by telling passengers: ‘My wife and I wish you and your families a wonderful coronation weekend.’

Camilla then says: ‘Wherever you are travelling, we hope you have a safe and pleasant journey.’

The message concludes with Charles adding: ‘And remember, please mind the gap.’


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