Thousands of people are expected to flock to the streets of London to watch the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla on Saturday. The ceremony is due to begin around 11am inside Westminster Abbey after more than 2,000 guests enter the Abbey. The Archbishop of Canterbury said the ceremony will “recognise and celebrate tradition” with “new elements that reflect the diversity of our contemporary society”. But for those observing outside the Abbey, some of the ceremony may not be audible due to the Coronation falling on the Jewish Shabbat.
The Chief Rabbi will be observing the day, which prohibits the use of electricity, including microphones.
Lambeth Palace confirmed the King will receive a greeting from the Jewish leader in an “unprecedented gesture that will reflect the religious diversity of the Realms of King Charles III”.
But the greeting will not be audible for most watching outside the Abbey.
This is the first time all faiths will be represented in the Christian service with the leaders having an active role.
Charles will also become the first monarch to pray aloud during the ceremony before members of the public are asked to make a pledge and swear their allegiance.
The King will also declare that the Church of England will seek to create an environment where “people of all faiths and beliefs may live freely”.
Charles will declare to the audience: “I come not to be served- but to serve”.
Millions of loyal subjects around the world will then be invited to join together in pledging allegiance to him.
Once called the Homage of the Peers and reserved only for Lords, it is now called the Homage of the People.
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A spokesman for Lambeth Palace said the change is “particularly exciting” as something that can be shared across the world.
He added: “Our hope is at that point, when the Archbishop invites people to join in, that people wherever they are, if they’re watching at home on their own, watching the telly, will say it out loud – this sense of a great cry around the nation and around the world of support for the King.”
Prince William will also make a pledge to the King.
He will kneel before the King, place his hands between his fathers and say: “I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth I will bear unto you, as your liege man of life and limb. So help me God.”
Previously all the dukes of the royal blood pay homage to the monarch.
The King and Queen will travel 1.3 miles from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, taking a much shorter route than that taken by Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation in 1953, which stretched five-miles.
they will travel through Parliament Square, along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square through Admiralty Arch and back down The Mall to their official residence of Buckingham Palace.
The procession will include Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth as well as the Sovereign’s Bodyguard and Royal Watermnen.
It is understood the King’s route has been chosen for practical reasons as the route has been used a number of times during royal processions.