Charles III officially crowned as King of Britain 

Mohammed El-Said
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Charles III was officially crowned King of Britain on Saturday, becoming the 40th king, succeeding his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the country for 70 years.

The coronation ceremony took place in the presence of world leaders, heads of government, representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations and dignitaries. Egypt’s Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly participated in the event representing Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. 

According to British royal tradition, the coronation ceremony was held in London’s Westminster Abbey with a two-hour Christian ritual presided over by JustinWelby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, a thousand-year tradition of the king’s 39 ancestors who have been crowned in Westminster Abbey since 1066.

The coronation is the culmination of a three-day ceremony that includes a musical celebration at Windsor Castle, west London, on Sunday evening.

Despite being the king of Britain since the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the coronation ceremony is a religious confirmation of Charles’ accession to the throne. Queen Elizabeth II passed away on 8 September 2022, at age of 96, 7 decades after he assumed the throne. 

While many of the rites and traditions of recognizing Charles as king remained unchanged, the king sought to modernize other aspects of the ceremony. For the first time, women bishops participated in addition to leaders of other religious minorities. Welsh, Scots and Irish languages were used alongside English in the coronation ceremonies to reflect the four main parts of the United Kingdom. 

King Charles also sought to make the list of 2,300 invitees more representative of British society, inviting ordinary people to sit alongside heads of state, kings and princes from around the world.

On Friday evening, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly participated in the reception hosted by King Charles III, at Buckingham Palace, for heads of state and government and delegations participating in the coronation ceremony.

The Prime Minister conveyed to King Charles III the greetings and congratulations of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and his wishes of prosperity and prosperity for the United Kingdom during the reign of King Charles III.

For his part, the king thanked Egypt and its leadership for the high-level participation in the coronation ceremony, praising the cooperation relations between the two countries.

On the sidelines of participation in the reception, Madbouly met with a number of heads of government and delegations participating in the coronation ceremonies, where the conversation touched on developments in the situation in Sudan, where the Prime Minister explained the relentless Egyptian efforts to try to find a quick solution to the crisis that would protect Sudan and its people from the negative repercussions of the ongoing conflict. 

He also reviewed Egypt’s efforts to receive tens of thousands of Sudanese arriving across the border. He also discussed regional and international issues of common interest.

These bilateral talks also included great interest on the part of the heads of state and government in the expected activities for the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, praising what this large cultural project represents as a great addition to the global human heritage and an appreciated effort on the part of Egypt in preserving the cultural heritage.

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Mohammed El-Said is the Science Editor for the Daily News Egypt with over 8 years of experience as a journalist. His work appeared in the Science Magazine, Nature Middle East, Scientific American Arabic Edition, SciDev and other regional and international media outlets. El-Said graduated with a bachelor's degree and MSc in Human Geography, and he is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at Cairo University. He also had a diploma in media translation from the American University in Cairo.
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