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Greeting and Introduction

On passing the Quire, those processing moved to their seats or stations in or beyond the Theatre. The King and Queen proceeded to their Chairs of Estate, before which Faldstools had been placed. The Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales proceeded to their chairs in the South East Lantern. 

Garter Principal King of Arms then led Samuel Strachan, Child of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, to a position on the Sacrarium in front of Their Majesties to perform the Greeting, a new addition at the start of His Majesty’s Coronation. He addressed The King thus: 

“Your Majesty, as children of the Kingdom of God we welcome you in the name of the King of Kings.”

To which His Majesty replied: “In His name and after His example I come not to be served but to serve.”

There then followed a moment of private prayer and reflection, where Their Majesties stood at their Chairs of Estate with their heads bowed. 

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan, gave the greeting and introduction.

On completion of the introduction, Sir Bryn Terfel CBE sang the ‘Kyrie Eleison’ from the Quire in both Welsh and English in a new composition for the Coronation service by Paul Mealor. 

Watch the Greeting and Introduction

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