Before the ceremony began, the Governors-General or Prime Ministers from Commonwealth realms – or their representatives – entered the Abbey as part of a procession.
History: By the end of 19th century, the British Empire had reached its highest point. The British Empire's dominance began to crumble in the 20th century as its colonies gained their independence. Today, King Charles is at the head of an empire that has shrunk significantly, and which, over time, became the "British Commonwealth."
Over time, however, the British Commonwealth was also freed from the sovereign's grip.
Prior to 1949, Commonwealth members were required to pledge allegiance towards the Crown. In 1949, the word "British" was removed from the name.
Commonwealth of Nations, as it is known today, is an organization of sovereign states that focuses on international trade, social issues, and environmental concerns.
The position of the head is not inherited. In 2018, the member nations selected King Charles III as the head.
Barbados, the newest member of this association to remove the monarchy as the head of its state, did so 55 years after declaring independence from Britain.
Jamaica and other Caribbean countries have also indicated their intention to do so.
While the Commonwealth is a group that includes many former British colonies, there are some Commonwealth members who were never part the Empire. Rwanda and Mozambique, for example, became members in 1995 and 2009 respectively. Gabon and Togo have joined the most recent in June 2022.
King Charles, in addition to the UK is also the head of the state for 14 Commonwealth countries, or realms, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
Some people wonder if the Commonwealth of Nations is still relevant, considering its origins in the British Empire.
The role of the British monarch has changed dramatically since his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned.