King Charles III Has Officially Been Crowned as Britain's New Monarch

King Charles III has officially been crowned as the new British monarch. His role as the head of the church of England and the country's sovereign has been formalized in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, which began at 6 a.m. EST on May 6.

The king traveled in a gold state coach from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on Saturday morning, along with Queen Camilla, from 5:20 a.m. EST through London. Following the service, during which the St Edward's crown was placed on Charles's head, the king and queen will travel in a larger procession back to Buckingham Palace before hitting the balcony with members of the royal family to watch the flypast.

Among the family in the crowd is Prince Harry, who attended the coronation alone. It was announced on April 12 that the king's son would travel to London to be reunited with the royals without his wife, Meghan Markle, or children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. The announcement was hardly surprising considering it is also Archie's 4th birthday on the coronation day and in light of recent conflicts between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family, fueled by the revelations in Harry's memoir, "Spare."

But Markle isn't the only recognizable face absent from the celebrations. Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of Prince Andrew and mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, was snubbed from the guest list, although she understands why. "I'm not [going], it's a state occasion, and being divorced I don't think you can have it both ways," she said on "Good Morning Britain" on April 20. "I am divorced, and I'm really loving being divorced to my ex-husband, not from him but to him, it's important to differentiate." She added she will be there in private. "That's a lovely feeling to be part of, it really is, and as I said you can't have it both ways. You mustn't sit on the fence. You're either in or out, don't muck around." Lady Pamela Hicks, the late queen's former bridesmaid, was also not invited as the king is reported to have slimmed down the guest list.

While all eyes were on the King and Camilla, who was also crowned, Prince William, as the heir to the throne, had a significant role in the ceremony — and so did his three children. Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and 4-year-old Prince Louis were all in attendance, with the eldest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton serving as a page of honor.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend their Coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023 in London, England. The Coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
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While the siblings have taken part in many Royal events (who could forget Louis's hilarious star moment at Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee concert?), it was decided that the youngest was too young to participate in Queen Elizabeth II's funeral last year, while Charlotte and George did attend. However, being that much older at the king's coronation, it seems that Louis was ready for this ceremonial debut.

The weekend will end with a coronation concert in Windsor on May 7, headlined by Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

"The Coronation will reflect the monarch's role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry," Buckingham Palace said in a previous statement.

— Additional reporting by Chandler Plante and Gabriella Ferlita