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Showtime! UK readies pomp for King Charles III’s coronation

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By DANICA KIRKA
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III will be crowned Saturday at Westminster Abbey in an event full of all the pageantry Britain can muster. Clergymen will hand over the medieval symbols of power — the rod, the scepter and the orb — and brass bands and soldiers in bearskin hats will march through the streets. The new king and queen will presumably end the day on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. But there’s purpose behind the pomp: to buttress the crown’s foundations and show that the people of the United Kingdom still support their monarch. The festivities have been tailored to better reflect modern Britain, where about 18% of the population describe themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority.

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