The King Charles coronation celebrations: in pictures

The King Charles coronation celebrations: in pictures

Saturday 6 May was a day for the history books, as King Charles III was officially crowned as monarch of the United Kingdom, alongside Camilla as his Queen Consort. The coronation ceremony was broadcast live from Westminster Abbey, with millions watching from around the globe, and celebrated with all the pomp and pageantry expected from such a momentous royal event.

Of course there are plenty of other events taking place across the long weekend to mark the occasion too, from the big coronation concert to the nationwide lunch, while many will be hosting neighbourhood street parties or enjoying the specialised celebrations up and down the country. The senior members of the royal family will be out in full force, including William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and their three children, while Prince Harry also flew in from California for the festivities.

Here, we bring you highlights from the historic long weekend:

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1) Tuesday 9 May

Continuing the coronation celebrations, the Prince and Princess of Wales made a surprise appearance at a special coronation garden party at Buckingham Palace. William wore a traditional top hat and morning suit, while Kate rewore a favourite Elie Saab outfit previously seen at Royal Ascot.

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2) Tuesday 9 May

The princess paired her Elie Saab look with a Philip Treacy saucer hat and metallic silver pumps.

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3) Tuesday 9 May

They were joined by Sophie and Edward, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. Sophie co-ordinated with Kate in a blue belted dress and matching hat.

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4) Tuesday 9 May

They spent time chatting to just some of the 8,000 guests in the palace gardens.

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5) Monday 8 May

The Wales family took part in the Big Help Out initiative on the Bank Holiday Monday – a nationwide scheme to encourage volunteering.

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6) Monday 8 May

They paid a visit to the 3rd Upton Scouts Hut in Slough, helping volunteers to renovate and improve the building.

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7) Monday 7 May

Prince Louis helps supervise while his father uses an excavator.

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8) Monday 8 May

Kate and Louis watch on while the work continues.

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9) Monday 8 May

Princess Charlotte helps to stain some wood.

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10) Monday 8 May

Prince George adds his handprint to the walls inside the scout hut.

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11) Monday 8 May

The family all tried their hand at some archery.

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12) Monday 8 May

The day ended with toasting marshmallows around a fire.

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13) Monday 8 May

Kate dressed practically for the occasion in skinny cargo trousers and flat ankle boots.

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14) Monday 8 May

Edward and Sophie, Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, also took part in some Big Help Out volunteering, joining a puppy class at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Training Centre, for which the duchess is Patron.

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15) Monday 8 May

Sophie paired her red tailored trousers with a floral shirt, camel blazer and wedged heels.

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16) Sunday 7 May

Queen Camilla and King Charles take their seats in the royal box for the coronation concert at Windsor Castle.

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17) Sunday 7 May

They were joined by other members of the royal family including the Prince and Princess of Wales and their two eldest children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, as well as Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

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18) Sunday 7 May

Kate wore a red Alexander McQueen suit, while Princess Charlotte wore a sweet Self-Portrait dress, co-ordinating with Princess Eugenie.

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19) Sunday 7 May

Kate paired her suit with her favourite Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra jewellery set.

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20) Sunday 7 May

Prince George matched his father in a navy suit and tie.

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21) Sunday 7 May

Zara and Mike Tindall arriving at the coronation concert.

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22) Sunday 7 May

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, wore a vibrant coral Beulah London dress with flared sleeves.


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23) Sunday 7 May

Patriotic illuminations set against Windsor Castle formed the backdrop to the concert.

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24) Sunday 7 May

Prince William gave a speech during the coronation concert.

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25) Sunday 7 May

Katy Perry, wearing a golden Vivienne Westwood gown, performs during the coronation concert in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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26) Sunday 7 May

The crowds watching Katy Perry's headline performance.

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27) Sunday 7 May

Nicole Scherzinger performs wearing glittering Aariya Diamonds jewellery.

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28) Sunday 7 May

The Indian actress Sonam Kapoor also spoke during the concert, taking to the stage in a floral off-the-shoulder gown and Garrard jewellery.

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29) Sunday 7 May

Lionel Richie was another of the guests invited to perform.

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30) Sunday 7 May

The family waved Union Jack flags from the royal box.

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31) Sunday 7 May

The day after the coronation ceremony, William and Kate mingled with members of the public who had gathered on The Long Walk in Windsor.

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32) Sunday 7 May

The princess wore a powder-blue Reiss blazer, cropped trousers and Veja trainers.



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33) Sunday 7 May

Meanwhile, Princess Anne joined residents at a street party in Swindon.

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34) Sunday 7 May

The royal looked chic in a striped shirt and bouclé blazer.

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35) Sunday 7 May

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie attended the Coronation Big Lunch in Chalfont St Giles, north London, together.

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36) Sunday 7 May

The sisters spent time chatting and meeting with local residents.

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37) Sunday 7 May

People lined The Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle, ahead of the coronation concert.

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38) Saturday 6 May

The royal family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, signalling the end of the day of coronation celebrations.

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39) Saturday 6 May

King Charles and Queen Camilla watch the celebratory fly past from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

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40) Saturday 6 May

William and Kate, with their two youngest children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, watch the planes overhead.

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41) Saturday 6 May

The four Pages of Honour.

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42) Saturday 6 May

Crowds gathered to see the royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony.

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43) Saturday 6 May

Troops march during the coronation procession.

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44) Saturday 6 May

The King and Queen Consort leave Westminster Abbey in the Gold State Coach.

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45) Saturday 6 May

The coronation procession travels down the Mall.

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46) Saturday 6 May

King Charles III wearing the St Edward's Crown.

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47) Saturday 6 May

Heir to the throne Prince William pays homage to his father, and touches the crown.

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48) Saturday 6 May

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby raises the St Edward's Crown.

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49) Saturday 6 May

Camilla, Queen Consort looks on as Penny Mordaunt leads King Charles III during his coronation ceremony.

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50) Saturday 6 May

Camilla wearing Queen Mary's crown.

51) Saturday 6 May

Opera singer Pretty Yende, who performed during the coronation ceremony, wearing a yellow Stéphane Rolland couture gown and Graff jewellery

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52) Saturday 6 May

King Charles wearing the Robe of State.

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53) Saturday 6 May

The Queen Consort's coronation dress was designed by Bruce Oldfield.

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54) Saturday 6 May

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, enter Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony.

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55) Saturday 6 May

Prince George as a Page of Honour, helping to carry the King's robe.

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56) Saturday 6 May

Prince Louis, in a black tunic by Dege and Skinner, and Princess Charlotte, in a white caped coat and tiara by Alexander McQueen, join the procession at Westminster Abbey.

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57) Saturday 6 May

The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, with Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.

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58) Saturday 6 May

The princess in a bespoke Alexander McQueen dress with the Royal Victorian Order Mantle, and Prince William in the ceremonial dress uniform of the Welsh Guards.

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59) Saturday 6 May

The Prince and Princess of Wales and their two youngest children, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, arrive at Westminster Abbey

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60) Saturday 6 May

Prince Harry and Princess Anne inside the abbey.

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61) Saturday 6 May

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, wearing the uniform of the Blues and Royals and the Thistle mantle.

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62) Saturday 5 May

Princess Eugenie in a navy custom-made silk and satin look by Kim Jones for Fendi, with Garrard jewellery.

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63) Saturday 6 May

Prince Harry arrives with his cousin, Princess Eugenie, and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

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64) Saturday 6 May

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, in a white Suzannah dress and the Royal Victorian Order mantle, with her daughter Louise, in a floral dress and Jane Taylor hat.

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65) Saturday 6 May

Princess Beatrice in belted fuchsia Beulah London dress with a golden headband and Garrard jewellery

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66) Saturday 6 May

Abdullah II of Jordan with Queen Rania of Jordan, in a yellow dress by Tamara Ralph.

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67) Saturday 6 May

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece arrives with Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, wearing a bespoke Mary Katrantzou dress.

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68) Saturday 6 May

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron take their seats for the coronation ceremony.

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69) Saturday 6 May

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain – in a pink Carolina Herrera skirt suit – arrive at Westminster Abbey.

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70) Saturday 6 May

James and Pippa Middleton arrive for the ceremony together; Pippa in a Jane Taylor headpiece dyed specially to match the colour of her coat dress.

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71) Saturday 6 May

Zara Phillips, in a sky-blue coat dress and feathered headpiece with a Strathberry clutch.

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72) Saturday 6 May

Albert II, Prince of Monaco and Charlene, Princess of Monaco arrive at Westminster Abbey.

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73) Saturday 6 May

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort travelling to Westminster Abbey in the Diamond Jubilee Coach, flanked by over a thousand Armed Forces route liners and The Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry.

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74) Saturday 6 May

Guests take their seats inside Westminster Abbey.

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75) Saturday 5 May

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, in a blush pink look.

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76) Saturday 6 May

Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska in an elegant pastel outfit.

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77) Saturday 6 May

First Lady Jill Biden in a cornflower blue Ralph Lauren skirt suit and gloves.

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78) Saturday 6 May

Finnegan Biden in a yellow caped Markarian dress and co-ordinating Gigi Burris fascinator.

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79) Saturday 6 May

Katy Perry arrived at Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony in a lilac Vivienne Westwood skirt suit with matching opera gloves and a wide-brimmed headpiece.

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80) Saturday 6 May

Emma Thompson, in a red floral Emilia Wickstead coat, with her husband Greg Wise, in a co-ordinating red tie.

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81) Saturday 6 May

Joanna Lumley poses for a photo before heading into the abbey.

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82) Saturday 6 May

Penny Mordaunt, in a matching cape and headpiece, arrives at the abbey.

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83) Saturday 6 May

Coldstream Guards march along the route of the King's procession, a two kilometres stretch from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, on the morning of the coronation.

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84) Friday 5 May

The Princess of Wales wore a royal blue Self-Portrait dress with a crossover neckline to a pre-coronation evening reception, hosted for overseas guests of the coronation, at Buckingham Palace.


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85) Friday 5 May

The Princess of Wales with the First Lady of the United States, Dr Jill Biden, with her granddaughter, Finnegan Biden.

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86) Friday 5 May

Queen Letizia of Spain paid tribute to British fashion in a dress by Victoria Beckham, arriving at the reception alongside King Felipe VI.

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87) Friday 5 May

Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived in a sky-blue ensemble.

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88) Friday 5 May

Queen Rania of Jordan paired her chic button-front dress with metallic gold accessories.

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89) Friday 5 May

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, in head-to-toe pink, and Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, arrive at the coronation reception.

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90) Friday 5 May

The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, and the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, joined the other foreign dignitaries.

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91) Friday 5 May

Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway and Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway.

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92) Friday 5 May

Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan and King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan.

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93) Friday 5 May

The day before the coronation, William and Kate took a stroll down The Mall to greet well-wishers who had already gathered ahead of the big day.

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94) Friday 5 May

Kate wore a white custom shift dress by Jenny Packham with a pair of Aquazurra's bow-tie pumps, a favourite style of Meghan Markle's.


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95) Friday 5 May

The royals spent time posing for pictures and chatting to the public.

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96) Friday 5 May

William and Kate were joined by King Charles, who spent time chatting to the crowds lining The Mall.

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97) Friday 5 May

The Prince and Princess of Wales hosted a pre-coronation lunch for Realm Governors General and Prime Ministers, at Buckingham Palace.

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98) Friday 5 May

Kate wore her hair in her signature bouncy blow-dry.

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99) Friday 5 May

King Charles with Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

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100) Friday 5 May

King Charles III poses for a picture with Commonwealth leaders after a Commonwealth heads of government meeting at Marlborough House.

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From the Westminster Abbey ceremony to the surrounding celebrations, we bring you highlights from the historic weekend