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The Coronation Roll
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King Charles III is crowned with St Edward's Crown during his coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London
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The Crowning of the King

The crown symbolises The King’s role and duty before God and his commitment of service to the people. It is a constant reminder of the promises and vows he has made, and of the morals that he will try to live by every day.

The prayer of blessing spoken by the Archbishop during the crowning was first used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The cries of ‘God Save The King!’ became part of the service at this point in 1689 and have remained so ever since.