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King Charles III: Celebrating His Majesty's Coronation and Reign (History's Great Leaders)

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We’re here to make things easier with a special edit of the best books about King Charles III to mark the Coronation, including HELLO!'s own special keepsake. The Service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby. The Choirs of Westminster Abbey and His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, with choristers from Methodist College, Belfast, and Truro Cathedral Choir, and an octet from the Monteverdi Choir, will sing. The music during the Service is directed by Andrew Nethsingha, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey. Faith leaders and representatives of faith communities will process through Westminster Abbey ahead of the Service, followed by representatives of the Commonwealth Realms. The Homage will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and The Prince of Wales. The People’s Homage will follow, an opportunity for those who wish to be given voice within the Service, and for those at home to have a chance to be an extension of the Westminster Abbey congregation, should they wish to take it, whether with a moment of quiet reflection, by saying “God save King Charles” at the end, or following the words of the liturgy. A fanfare will sound, and the choir will sing an Anthem arranged by John Rutter for the Coronation of King George VI. He’s waited 73 years for this moment and as he ascends to the throne this book takes a look at his past.

Coronation order of service in full - BBC News

The coronation was a deeply religious ceremony steeped in symbolism and its prayers took the theme of “Called to Serve”, an attribute associated with the late Queen who pledged her life to the Commonwealth. King Charles III and Queen Camilla have been crowned, with large crowds in London and elsewhere across the country celebrating the historic moment. And a coffee table book, children’s story or King Charles biography to treasure is reigning high on the list of keepsakes, too. The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead The Lord’s Prayer, which the congregation is welcome to say in the language of their choice, for their own act of worship. The choir will then sing a newly commissioned ‘Agnus Dei’; a reflective moment in the Service, during which Their Majesties will receive Holy Communion. The Amen will be sung by the choir, to the Orlando Gibbons tune which was also sung at the Coronation in 1953. While the hymn, ‘Praise, my soul, the King of heaven’ is sung by the congregation, Their Majesties will enter the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor before the conclusion of the Service. The choir will sing an Anthem by William Boyce, composed for the Coronation of King George III in 1761, and the Te Deum, written for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

A fanfare will sound as The King, wearing the Imperial State Crown, followed by The Queen, wearing Queen Mary’s Crown, emerge from the Shrine and join the Coronation Procession out of Westminster Abbey as the National Anthem is sung.

Coronation of King Charles III in 50 pictures - Bristol Live The Coronation of King Charles III in 50 pictures - Bristol Live

The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, who was present during the consecration of the Chrism oil earlier this year, will receive the Ampulla containing the oil at the High Altar, which will be blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Their Majesties will remove their Robes of State, and The King will sit in the Coronation Chair, on the Cosmati pavement. The Anointing Screen, newly made for the Service and inspired by the window of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, will be brought into position around the Chair by Guardsmen of the Household Division. The Anointing, the most solemn and sacred part of the Service, takes place as the choir sings Handel’s ‘Zadok the priest’, which was composed for the Coronation of King George II in 1727 and has become synonymous with such occasions. The Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Westminster and the Archbishop of York, will anoint The King’s hands, chest and head. Afterwards, The King will approach the High Altar and kneel, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pray. The Daily Express, the number one brand in the UK for news and exclusive insights about the Royal Family, has delved into its unrivalled archives to produce a beautiful mother-and-son Coronation special. Their Majesties will proceed into the Shrine and will remove St Edward’s Crown and Queen Mary’s Crown, before returning to the Chairs of Estate for Communion. The King will be presented with bread and wine, which will be used for the Holy Sacrament. The hymn ‘Christ is made the sure foundation’ will be sung by the congregation, to the Westminster Abbey tune. Reflecting The King’s devotion to the traditional liturgy of the Church of England, the communion bread and wine will be consecrated according to the Book of Common Prayer, the wording of which was also used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The ‘Sanctus’ will be sung, composed for the Service by Roxanna Panufnik.The King will be presented with the Holy Bible by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The new Bible was commissioned for the Service by Lambeth Palace. His Majesty will then take The Oath, and will sign copies presented by the Lord Chamberlain, as the choir sings an Anthem by William Byrd. Having taken The Oath, The King will kneel before the High Altar and pray aloud. The words of His Majesty’s prayer have been inspired by the hymn, ‘I vow to thee, my country’, in a continuation of the theme of service. The choir will then sing a ‘Gloria’, also by William Bryd, framing His Majesty’s prayer. For The Crowning, The Dean of Westminster will deliver St Edward’s Crown to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will offer a blessing before His Majesty The King is crowned. The Archbishop will lead the congregation of Westminster Abbey in saying, ‘God save The King’. The bells of the Abbey will ring as gun salutes are fired in celebration on Horse Guards Parade, at His Majesty’s Fortress the Tower of London, and at Saluting Stations throughout the United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Bermuda, and His Majesty’s ships at sea. In Westminster Abbey, the Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare will be played by the Coronation Brass Ensemble, as requested by The King. His Majesty will then be blessed by ecumenical leaders. Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction book The White Queen is the first in The Cousins’ War series, and it doesn’t get much better than this. Before the crowning the archbishop delivered a sermon to the 2,300 guests, a gathering of world leaders, celebrities, UK politicians, foreign royalty, everyday heroes and the royal family. Charles became the 40th reigning sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, the nation’s coronation church since 1066, as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed St Edward’s Crown on his head.

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