After his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away in September of last year, Charles ascended to the throne. His formal coronation took place on Saturday.
The service was a deeply spiritual occasion, fitting given that Charles serves as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England in addition to being the head of state of the United Kingdom and 14 other nations.
The Canterbury Archbishop Justin Welby placed the 360-year-old St. Edward’s Crown on Charles’ head in the day’s most crucial event.
The Anglican Church’s spiritual leader then cried out, “God Save the King.”
The event has not been without controversy despite its magnificence.
Millions of pounds of government funds were spent on an extravagant ceremony, drawing criticism from some, at a time when the cost of living is severely affecting millions of Britons.
The Met said in advance that Saturday will be the largest one-day policing operation in decades, with more than 11,500 officers on duty in London.
Security is by far the most expensive component of big events.
Anti-monarchy protests have also been attracted to the coronation, and a few demonstrators were detained in central London on Saturday morning prior to the ceremony.
Republic, an anti-monarchy advocacy group, called the concept of the “homage of the people” “offensive, tone deaf, and a gesture that holds the people in contempt.”
This week’s controversial and heavily criticized UK public order bill’s implementation also caused some eyebrows to be raised.
Anti-monarchists have frequently shown up at royal events since Queen Elizabeth II’s passing last year to air their complaints about the institution.
Just a few days before the coronation, the King signed new regulations into law that give the police more authority to suppress peaceful protests.
Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 protesters are expected to attend an anti-monarchy demonstration at Trafalgar Square, which is south of the path of the royal procession, according to Republic.
Republic reported on Twitter early on Saturday that Graham Smith, the protest group’s head, and several organizers had been detained not long after the rally had begun.
The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “Earlier today, in St Martin’s Lane, we made four arrests. They were detained on suspicion of planning an annoyance to the public.
The police noted that three more people were detained “on suspicion of possessing items to cause criminal damage.” Additionally, “a number of arrests” of those suspected of disturbing the peace had been made.
The King is facing enormous difficulties, despite the splendor of Saturday’s celebrations.
Brits are more inclined to claim that their opinions of the monarchy have deteriorated than improved over the previous ten years.
Prince William, Charles’ heir, is regarded with greater affection than his father, according to the survey’s findings, which was conducted.
The majority of Britons said they intend to participate in at least one event related to the coronation this weekend, the poll revealed, with many localities preparing street festivals and lunches. This is in spite of their more reserved attitude toward the King.
The “Coronation Concert” at Windsor Castle on Sunday night will feature performances by the musicians Perry, Richie, and Take That.
Additionally, individuals have been urged to utilize Monday, the final day of the long weekend, to volunteer in their communities.