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Anniversary of King Charles III’s coronation marked with ceremonial gun salutes

LONDON — Ceremonial gun salutes rang out across London on Monday under soggy skies to mark the anniversary of the coronation of King Charles III.

Smoke billowed from the barrels of six large horse-drawn guns during a 41-gun salute in Green Park, next to Buckingham Palace, at midday. An hour later, three cannons fired a 62-gun salvo from Tower Wharf, next to the River Thames.

Charles and Queen Camilla were crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023, in a glitzy spectacle that echoed medieval times as he was anointed monarch following the September 2022 death of his mother, the Queen Elizabeth II.

The past year has been overshadowed by his cancer diagnosis, but it has helped to humanize him and bring him closer to the British people, who did not always expect such openness from the royal family.

Rohan Wadke, a visitor to Buckingham Palace, applauded Charles for opening up to the public about his health problems.

“It’s still a taboo for a lot of people,” Wadke said.

Charles, 75, returned to public facing duties last week with a visit to a cancer care center, where he held the hand of a patient receiving chemotherapy drugs and told him he had to receive treatment this afternoon.

Despite rain reminiscent of last year’s coronation, visitors still came to see the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, with gunners in their gold braided jackets, fire the salute while the Irish Guards brass band played music in the park next to the palace.

Manda Pillay-Maloney said she visited the palace on Monday – a public holiday in the UK – to commemorate the year since Charles’ coronation.

“Excited, happy to be here,” Pillay-Maloney said. “This is my first stop since arriving from Stevenage, just to… pay my respects and say, hey, thanks… you’re doing a good job.”

ABC News

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