King Charles III's coronation marks new age for the Commonwealth

KUALA LUMPUR: Over 80 people consisting of foreign envoys and dignitaries attended King Charles III's coronation viewing party here.

British High Commissioner Charles Hay said the event was moving and uplifting.

"It was a moving occasion and an amazing mix of the old and new the way the King recognised diversity.

"(The coronation was also) the first one taking place in the digital age.

"The last was 70 years ago, which was the first ever televised. Now we have new multimedia and digital capabilities which translates to a powerful event," he said.

He also said that he hoped that the coronation of the new king would be able to further strengthen the bonds between the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, including Malaysia.

Hay added that King Charles III would mark a new journey for Commonwealth countries which were also represented during the ceremony.

"All Commonwealth nations were represented and during the service, there were many references to the Commonwealth and I think that reflects the importance King Charles III attaches to it," he added.

Hay was joined by other dignitaries and diplomats at his residence on Saturday (May 6) to witness the significant ceremony.

The Royal Commonwealth of Society of Malaysia president Tony Kassim said that he looks forward to the King to further empowering environmental and youth causes during his reign.

"It was very historical to witness this ceremony as a Malaysian.

"I look forward to King Charles III's emphasis on the environment and youth (issues)," he said.

Malaysian British Society's Amarjeet Singh Ghai said the event held here with different nationalities would further unite the people regardless of creed.

"The event today was not only an addition of value to the British but also to other foreign diplomats.

"We're all like a family and this event unites and brings us together," he said.

Selangor St Andrews former chieftain Alan Wallace said that the experience he had on Wednesday evening was something new.

"It was something new and fantastic for me who had never witnessed it.

"As a Commonwealth member, it was just amazing to see different cultures and nationalities to witness this event," he added.

The historical event that took place at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom was attended by various dignitaries from all over the world including the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

Al-Sultan Abdullah was the first foreign head of state who visited King Charles III last year after the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.

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