Prince William and Kate’s attendance at King Charles III’s coronation earlier this year was the subject of a new viral video ahead of the king’s first anniversary.
Charles becomes king on September 8, 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history.
In his first act as king, Charles bestowed on his eldest son William the customary title of Prince of Wales. Kate thus becomes Princess of Wales, the first person to use the title since Princess Diana’s death 25 years ago.
Unlike Queen Elizabeth, Charles didn’t have to wait long between his accession and coronation, with the date set for May 6, 2023. The event is marked by national holidays and satellite festivities, including entertaining VIPs and concerts at Buckingham Palace. Windsor Castle.
Uploaded to video-sharing social media platform TikTok by user hrhkateandwilliam on August 27, the viral new video shows the central role played by the Prince and Princess of Wales in the celebrations.
The first major event held was a luncheon for representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations at Buckingham Palace. These realms are the countries within the Commonwealth that still retain King Charles as their monarch. In addition to the UK, there are 14 Commonwealth countries, including the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and the Bahamas, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
On May 5, the day before the coronation, William and Kate took an impromptu walk after lunch at the palace, surprising royal watchers who had already gathered in the square to secure vantage points for the next day’s ceremony.
A video posted on social media channels after the coronation weekend included footage of the couple meeting fans.
Additional footage in the viral video shows the couple and their two youngest children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, getting ready at Kensington Palace on coronation day.
Footage from the May 7 coronation concert, in which William delivered a moving speech in tribute to his father the King, was then shown.
As of now, the TikTok video has been viewed more than 100,000 times on the platform, and has received more than 12,000 likes and a large number of comments, many of which expressed appreciation for the royal couple.
“A beautiful, strong, loving couple,” one user wrote.
“That’s my king and queen,” read another post, with a further comment: “They’re amazing!!”
William and Kate celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in April, and their public roles have grown over the past year since taking on their new Welsh titles.
Recently, King Charles awarded Kate three other titles, each related to the Armed Forces.
The Princess is currently Commander of Fleet Air Force of the British Navy, Colonel of the First Queen’s Dragoon Guards of the British Army and Commodore of the Royal Air Force Royal Honorary Air Force [Royal Air Force] Coningsby.
James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s Royal correspondent based in London. You can find him on Twitter: @jcrawfordsmith and read his story Newsweek’s Royals Facebook page.
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