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The Recession 

At the sound of the trumpet fanfare The King and Queen emerged from the Chapel and processed to the Great West Door, The King wearing the Imperial State Crown and holding the Sceptre with Cross in his right hand and the Orb in his left. 

The choir and congregation sang the National Anthem, arranged by Gordon Jacob. As the Procession moved through the Abbey the orchestra played ‘Pomp & Circumstance March No.4’, composed by Sir Edward Elgar arranged by Iain Farrington, and ‘March from The Birds’, composed by Sir Hubert Parry and arranged by John Rutter.

Watch the Recession

The Procession from the High Altar, through the Quire, Nave and to the Great West Door was composed as follows:


Cross of Westminster and Lights

The Minor Canons

Receiver General

High Bailiff High Steward

Canons’ Verger

The Canons of Westminster

Dean’s Verger

The Dean of Westminster

Primatial Cross of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury

Chaplain Extraordinary to the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Sword of Temporal Justice
borne by General the Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE

Curtana, The Sword of Mercy
borne by Air Chief Marshal the Lord Peach GBE KCB

The Sword of Spiritual Justice
borne by General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO

Robert Noel
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms

Dr Joseph Morrow CVO CBE KC
Lord Lyon King of Arms

Timothy Duke
Clarenceux King of Arms

David White
Garter Principal King of Arms 

Sarah Clarke CVO OBE
Lady Usher of the Black Rod

The Duke of Norfolk

Earl Marshal

The Jewelled Sword of Offering
borne by The Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt MP 
Lord President of the Council


The Bishop of Bath and Wells

The Bishop of Durham

Pages of Honour, including Prince George of Wales

The Groom of the Robes


The Bishop of Hereford

The Bishop of Norwich

Pages of Honour

The Queen’s Companions

The Groom of the Robes

The Princess of Wales
Prince Louis of Wales

The Prince of Wales
Princess Charlotte of Wales

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duchess of Edinburgh

The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

Earl of Wessex

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

The Princess Royal

The Duke of Gloucester

The Duchess of Gloucester

The King processed South of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, pausing outside the St George’s Chapel to acknowledge the Governors-General of His Majesty’s Realms who had moved from their seats in the South Transept ahead of Their Majesties’ departure.

At the Great West Door The King was greeted by faith leaders and representatives, from the Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist faiths, who said: “Your Majesty, as neighbours in faith, we acknowledge the value of public service. We unite with people of all faiths and beliefs in thanksgiving, and in service with you for the common good.”

Watch the Greeting of Faith Leaders and Representatives

The King acknowledged the greeting and then proceeded through the Great West Door to the Gold State Coach, joining Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family for the return Coronation procession to Buckingham Palace. 

So ended the solemnities of the Coronation of His Most Sacred Majesty King Charles the Third and Her Majesty Queen Camilla. 

King Charles III, wearing the Imperial State Crown, leaves Westminster Abbey in central London following his coronation ceremony.
Gareth Cattermole/PA