On Sunday, Tiwa Savage took the stage for a performance in honor of the new king at Windsor Castle.
Wearing an all-green Lanre Da Silva blouse, the Nigerian superstar bloomed on stage while performing ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ at the star-studded concert on the East Lawn at Windsor Castle, following King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation on Saturday. Her performance was the highlight of the evening, and it was a testament to the growing influence of African music on the global stage.
The coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms, took place on 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. Charles acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022, upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II.
The ceremony was structured around an Anglican service of Holy Communion. It included Charles being anointed with holy oil, receiving the coronation regalia, and being crowned, emphasising his spiritual role and secular responsibilities. Representatives of the Church of England and the British royal family declared their allegiance to him, and the people throughout the Commonwealth realms were invited to do so. Camilla was crowned in a shorter and simpler ceremony. After the service, members of the royal family travelled to Buckingham Palace in a state procession and appeared on the palace’s rear and front balconies. Charles and Camilla’s coronation service was altered from past British coronations to represent multiple faiths, cultures, and communities across the United Kingdom, and was shorter than Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.
The coronation elicited both celebrations and protests in the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. Celebrations in the UK included street parties, volunteering, special commemorative church services, and a concert at Windsor Castle on 7 May. Surveys carried out in April 2023 suggested that the British public was ambivalent toward the event; the events in London and Windsor drew large crowds, but were also protested by republican groups. Commonwealth realms including Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand held celebrations, but other realms used the event to highlight issues such as the effects of British colonialism.
Charles and Camilla’s coronation was the first of a British monarch in the 21st century and the 40th coronation to be held at Westminster Abbey since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066.