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The sixth-century Augustine Gospels are carried by the Master of Corpus Christi College Cambridge during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey, London
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St Augustine’s Gospels

The sixth-century Gospels of Augustine of Canterbury are the oldest surviving illustrated Latin Gospels in the world and the oldest non-archaeological artefact of any kind to have survived in England. Their presence at the Coronation shows their status as the most precious and important medieval manuscript to survive in England. The Gospels were carried into the Abbey by the Master of Corpus Christi College Cambridge, Professor Christopher Kelly. The Gospel was read by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London. The Bishop of London is also Dean of the Chapels Royal.