As the carriage carrying Charles III and his wife Camilla passed into Westminster Abbey, thousands saluted the King waving British flags, but Anna Edwards and others held up as high as they could a banner reading “I am not mine” (Nat May King).
Thousands gathered in central London in a festive atmosphere to greet King Charles III and exchange congratulations at the moment of his coronation at 12:02 (11:02 GMT).
On the other hand, in Trafalgar Square, hundreds of “pro-republican” demonstrators were stationed early Saturday morning and raised huge yellow flags reading “We want the abolition of the monarchy” along the route taken by the king before his coronation.
Supporters of the Republic are still a very small minority in the United Kingdom, but their number has increased significantly since the death of the hugely popular Queen Elizabeth II, last September, and a few of them demonstrate almost systematically during the antics of Charles III.
King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla, were crowned on the throne of the United Kingdom on Saturday at Westminster Cathedral in London, in a solemn religious ceremony that dates back to a thousand years of history and traditions, but was adapted to reflect the image of Britain in the twenty-first century.