Princess Anne and Prince Edward warmed the hearts of royal fans with their “supportive” behavior towards their older brother, the King, during his coronation.
Charles and Camilla were crowned in a Christian ceremony dating back 1,000 years on a day dripping with glorious pageantry at Westminster Abbey. The historic two-hour service was marked by a number of poignant moments.
A Twitter account called The royal guard highlighted the moment when the Princess Royal and the Duke of Edinburgh seemed to beam with pride as they watched their brother be crowned.
The Princess Royal, 72, wore her military uniform and looked particularly moved, sending royal fans into a frenzy.
“Okay, but look how proud Anne looks at Charles,” the account said when sharing a photo.
That’s my brother! A Twitter account called The Royal Watcher captured the moment when the Princess and the Duke of Edinburgh beamed with pride as they watched the King be crowned
Charles became the 40th reigning sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, in a ceremony dating back to William the Conqueror in 1066, when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed St. Edward’s Crown on his head, pictured
In the touching snap, the Royal Princess smiled heartily as she watched her brother fulfill his destiny.
Close by was her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. Her brother, Prince Edward, 59, was in the second row and had an equally touched expression.
On social media, one person said, “Edward looks proud and a little sad. It’s great to see his siblings being so supportive. Anne seems so happy for him.’
“Gosh, I got a little teary seeing the expression on her face. They’ve been such a team for so long,” said another.
“Think how proud their parents would have been,” one of them suggested, referring to the late Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip.
Royal fans were moved by the special moment and some said they were thrilled to see how proud Anne and Prince Edward looked
“I love this,” gushed one. “Both Princess Anne and Prince Edward are proud young siblings,” said one.
Charles became the 40th reigning sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, in a ceremony dating back to William the Conqueror in 1066, when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed the St. Edward’s Crown on his head.
The king then looked moved as Prince William paid him tribute, in a break from tradition, kneeling to take an oath loyal to his father.
He said: ‘I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty and faith and truth I will shew thee, as thy vassal of life and limb. So help me God.’
He then got up, touched the crown and kissed the king on the cheek. Charles was touched as he nodded to his son and said ‘amen’ and ‘thank you William’.
The historic coronation, which was watched around the world, was a fulfillment of the king’s destiny but followed the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, last September after a reign of 70 years.
Anne stood with the rest of the Royal Family, alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, behind the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and the Prince and Princess of Wales and their two youngest children
Minutes later, Camilla was crowned. As Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s coronation song was sung, the Queen was officially enthroned. The Queen’s accession to the throne was a moment when Charles and Camilla were “united in their common calling before God.”
The newly crowned King and Queen later appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with a select group of senior royals as The Mall was thronged by tens of thousands of cheering patriots.
The royal couple waved to huge crowds for an RAF flypast, which had to be reduced to just helicopters and the Red Arrows due to heavy rains in London.
The Mall was a sea of people, many of whom sprinted to get close to the palace and catch a glimpse of the King and Queen after their historic coronation, watched by 100 million people on TV around the world.
Charles and Camilla were joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales, their children, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and Princess Anne. Once again, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte stole the show with some enthusiastic waving and pointing as the jets roared over the palace.
But their uncle Prince Harry decided to avoid the event amid reports he was planning to fly home after spending 24 hours in the UK to return to California on his son Archie’s fourth birthday today. His limousine was spotted at Heathrow this afternoon, less than two hours after the end of the coronation service.