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The Coronation of The Queen

While the choir sang, the Archbishop moved to stand before The Queen at her Chair of Estate, and The Dean brought the Ampulla and Spoon from the High Altar, while The Queen knelt before the Chair on the Faldstool.

The Dean poured some of the oil from the Ampulla into the Spoon. The Archbishop, with the approval of The King, then anointed The Queen on her forehead with the words: “Be your head anointed with holy oil. Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness; hear our prayer this day for thy servant Camilla, whom in thy name, and with all devotion, we consecrate our Queen; make her strong in faith and love, defend her on every side, and guide her in truth and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The Queen’s Ring was then presented to The Queen by the Dean of Westminster. The Queen put her hand alongside the Ring while the Archbishop declared: “Receive this Ring, a symbol of royal dignity, a sign of the covenant sworn this day.”

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The Crown was then brought by the Dean to the Archbishop, who placed it on The Queen’s head praying: “May thy servant Camilla, who wears this crown, be filled by thine abundant grace and with all princely virtues; reign in her heart, O King of love, that, being certain of thy protection, she may be crowned with thy gracious favour; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The Queen Consort’s Rod with Dove and The Queen Consort’s Sceptre with Cross were then presented to The Queen by The Right Reverend and Right Honourable the Lord Chartres and The Right Reverend Rose Hudson Wilkin, Bishop of Dover. The Queen placed her hand on the Rod and Sceptre in turn, as the Archbishop declared: “Receive the Royal Sceptre. Receive the Rod of equity and mercy. May the Spirit guide you in wisdom and grace, that, by your service and ministry, justice and mercy may be seen in all the earth”.

The Coronation of The Queen concluded, the Choir then sang ‘Make a Joyful Noise’, composed by Lord Lloyd-Webber for the King’s Coronation Service and based on words from Psalm 98. As the choir sang, The Queen was escorted by the Bishops of Hereford and Norwich to her throne in the Theatre. After curtseying in front of The King she was enthroned by the Archbishops, with her companions standing behind the throne. 

The Choir and congregation then stood to sing the hymn Christ is Made the Sure Foundation’, composed by Purcell and arranged by James O’Donnell. During the hymn The King and Queen were escorted from their thrones, through the Chapel of St Edward where they were divested of their Crowns, and then returned to the Chairs of Estate. As they passed the Altar, The King touched the bread and the wine, to be consecrated for the Holy Communion. The King passed the Sceptre to the Bishops of Durham and Bath and Wells, who placed them in the Shrine.

Queen Camilla is crowned by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during her coronation at Westminster Abbey, London
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