Presenting The Sword Of State
This part of the ceremony has remained consistent throughout many coronations. These side-by-side pictures of the sword being presented to Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III are amazingly similar. The Sword of State is presented to the reigning monarch and entrusted to them “for the protection of good and the punishment of evil,” according to the Royal Trust Collection. It’s a symbol of massive responsibility and faith. Perhaps that’s why both monarchs appear very serious and stoic at this moment. This was a moment for reverence and solemness, and both Queen Elizabeth and King Charles nailed it.