The Coronation of King Charles III, in Pictures

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The British monarchy, according to the Victorian writer Walter Bagehot, “is commonly hidden like a mystery, and sometimes paraded like a pageant.”

The mystery has diminished since his day. So has the monarch’s power. But the pageantry, in an era of instant worldwide communication, is even more widely observed, and it was on full display on Saturday in London as King Charles III was crowned.

The coronation procession and the centuries-old ceremony at Westminster Abbey are the centerpiece of a three-day holiday weekend in Britain that also includes street parties, outdoor lunches and a concert on Sunday on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Take That are among those expected to perform.

Here’s a selection of the best photographs from the coronation weekend.

Standing guard outside Buckingham Palace before the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday.

Watching a procession down the Mall before the coronation ceremony.

Waiting in St. James’s Park on Coronation Day.

Police officers with demonstrators holding up anti-monarchy signs shortly before the procession began on the Mall on Saturday.

Preparing for the procession on Saturday.

A street artist mopping water from his chalk drawing of King Charles III on Friday near Trafalgar Square in London.

Camping out along the Mall on Friday, the day before the coronation.

Police officers gathering near the Mall on Friday.

Coronation souvenirs on sale on Friday near Parliament in London.

A coronation-related display in a shop window in central London on Friday.

Union Jack flags hanging over Oxford Street on Friday in London to commemorate the coronation.

Taking selfies in front of a replica of St. Edward’s crown on Friday in London.


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