He waited a long time to make history, but on May 6, 2023, King Charles III finally fulfilled his destiny and ascended to the British throne. It was a day filled with considerable fanfare, long-held traditions, and some curious guest appearances. Only a handful of people were lucky enough to get a front-row seat to the momentous day, but these snapshots will allow you to relive every moment of Charles' finest hour.
St. Edward's Crown
In a fitting coincidence, Charles III was crowned with a piece commissioned by Charles II in 1661. Known as St. Edward's Crown, this royal treasure is made up of a gold frame, a purple velvet cap, and a dazzling array of gemstones. With such a regal design, it's no surprise that it's been a feature of every coronation since its creation.
A history-making moment
As Charles entered Westminster Abbey on that fateful day, he was surely aware of how much history was riding on that moment. His was the first coronation of the 21st century, and this type of ceremony dates back one thousand years! William the Conqueror was the first English ruler to be anointed and crowned at Westminster, all the way back in 1066.
A little princess
Though only 8 years old, Princess Charlotte handled the crowds and the pressure like a true professional. Here, we see her taking in the scene from the royal carriage. In a clever twist, her faux-laurel headwear matches a slightly more intricate version being worn by her mother, Catherine, Princess of Wales.
A grand entry
William and Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey in full royal regalia, and their children Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte followed them hand-in-hand. It was an emotional weekend for everyone. The next day, at the coronation concert, William brought up the late Queen Elizabeth and told his family, "I know she’s up there, fondly keeping an eye on us. She would be a proud mother."