King and queens from distant realms mingled uneasily with powerful Heads of State, celebrities, and commoners to cram Westminster Abbey in a display reminiscent of a scenario from a Game of Thrones set.
Representatives from 200 nations, including 90 world leaders, made up the extraordinarily varied 2300-person guest list for the Coronation, creating a vibrant multicultural mash-up.
However, King Charles insisted on inclusivity and diversity for his guest list.
As a result, he received a vibrant ensemble where attendees engaged in a covert game of start-spotting. Most attendees sparkled with horse racing-style costumes with excellent has and fascinators and elegant suits and tails.
Some guests were stunned by the traditional wear of their nations. Others were amazed by military garb. The 1,000-year-old event at Westminster Abbey was a more intimate gathering than the 8250 people who attended Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953 and her burial in September, which featured one of the largest delegations of dignitaries in modern British history.
Along with Joanna Lumley, a close friend of the Coronation Majesties, other British actresses Joanna Lumley, Kenneth Branagh, Maggie Smith, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson were there. Lionel Ritchie and Katy Perry, two American superstars who were officially invited to spend the night at Windsor Castle before headlining the Coronation concert, attended and sat amid bankers, judges wearing wigs, former and present MPs, charity workers, and knights.
Due to their shared affiliation with the Prince's Trust, Ritchie sat beside former Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop while donning a stunning Zimmerman-designed outfit. She shared a selfie of herself and the American musician as they entered the Abbey and were seen joking around before the event.
Coronation viewers who paid close attention noticed clear indications of solidarity for Ukraine during the ceremony that was broadcast worldwide. The US First Lady wearing all blue and her granddaughter color-blocking in yellow, which are the colors of the Ukrainian flag, Jill Biden and her granddaughter Finnegan made a powerful fashion statement.
Many people who saw the event on television speculated that the adjacent blue and yellow carpets near the choir in Westminster Abbey were a deliberate gesture of sympathy for the troubled Eastern European country.
The spouse of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenska, Olena Zelensky, has been invited to attend the Coronation. The Princess of Wales met with Ms. Zelenska on Friday, and she later shared a selfie on social media with Ms. Biden.
Observers remarked that the US First Lady's wardrobe also had blue and yellow tones, while Princess Catherine chose a "Ukrainian" shade of blue for her dress. Dr. Louse Mahler, a body language expert from Australia, observed that the arrival of Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, seemed tense.
She added that it is incredible to realize how difficult it is to be in front of a camera on a large entry. "Macron and his wife Bridgette went slowly and silently in front of the camera. They both appeared to be very tense. She seemed in pain and clinging to Macron's elbow, so I questioned whether the rough stone and high heels were killing her feet.
"Once they started conversing with other people, they immediately seemed happier, grinning and chatting." The Prince's Trust ambassadors Ant and Dec (Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, from British television royalty) were also invited.
The baron Sir Michael Hintze, an Australian businessman and philanthropist, sat in the front row of the peers' section while wearing his scarlet Lord's robe. In the multitude, there were bankers, judges wearing wigs, former and present MPs, charity workers, and veterans of the military dressed in regalia.
The Queen's former confidante Lady Susan Hussey was involved in a "race row" during a Buckingham Palace event, showed she is firmly back in the fold when she appeared at Westminster Abbey.
The 83-year-old, Prince William's godmother and the late monarch's longtime lady-in-waiting gave up her responsibilities at the palace following the storm last year. At a royal reception, she conversed with Ngozi Fulani, the 61-year-old CEO of a charity. She inquired about where she indeed came from while relocating her dreadlocks out of the way of her name badge.
After sharing what had transpired on social media and labeling it "institutional racism," Fulani faced blowback from others who thought she had overreacted and caused trouble, some of whom became very hostile.
In a later statement, Buckingham Palace reported that Fulani had received an apology during a "warm and understanding meeting," Prince Willian said that racism had no place in society.
It was revealed earlier this year that Hussey was back in favor and had even represented Princess Anne at a burial ceremony.
Some insiders said that Hussey had been unfairly handled. The Queen of Spain wore pink for the crowning. Still, the day before the crowning, she attended a reception at Buckingham Palace wearing a Victoria Beckham outfit previously worn by reality
TV sensation and model Kendall Jenner. Letizia paired the green gathered-waist midi dress with a black clutch bag, court heels, and accessories to support British design talent.
Letizia, 50, attended the ceremony for international coronation guests alongside her husband, King Felipe, and she accessorized with a sparkling bow-shaped brooch and drop earrings.
"Her Majesty, the Spanish Queen, looks amazing wearing an outfit I made!" In a post on Instagram, Beckham.
The green parrot dress was unavailable on the Victoria Beckham website. John Kerry, the country's special presidential envoy for climate change, was also present.
According to reports, David and Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Rowan Atkinson, Bear Grylls, and Spice Girl Melanie Brown were among the other well-known attendees.
Sam Kerr, a star international football player for Australia, and a comedy present Adam Hills both spoke with musician Nick Cave about the "biggest show on Earth" while enticing onlookers to participate in a covert game of star-spotting.
Hills stated, "My top pick is Harry, and I'm looking forward to seeing Prince." Earlier, Rowan Williams, a former archbishop of Canterbury, and Cave were observed deeply engaged in conversation.
The most senior Lord in England and the Duke of Norfolk, whose family has planned official functions since 1483, said before the service that this was a proud moment in American history.
It's also a time to reflect on how proud we should be of our magnificent country and its unwritten constitution, which has served us excellently for over a thousand years throughout our illustrious past.
Among the other foreign leaders seated were French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Jodie Haydon, the first lady of Australia, also arrived wearing a Karen Gee creation. Catherine Kelly used conventional millinery methods on an antique 1940s wooden hat block to create Ms. Haydon's pillbox hat at the Embellish Atelier in Rozelle, Sydney.
The silk print "Yingarna" was created by Injalak women in West Arnhem Land, and Petersham millinery ribbon was used to make the hat.
Among the dignitaries was controversial vice-president of China Han Zheng, who oversaw a crackdown on civil rights in Hong Kong.
Tasmanian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and her husband, Prince Frederick, were among a long list of royals from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific who attended as has been custom for generations.
Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister vice president of Sinn Fein, Irish republican Michelle O'Neil, accepted the gesture of "peace and healing" and compassion.
We are in an incredibly transformative period right now, a moment to appreciate our various and equally legitimate ambitions," she remarked about her offer.
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