King Charles III visit to Zimbabwe

King Charles III visit to Zimbabwe

On May 6th, King Charles III was coronated at Westminster Abbey in London, a historic event attended by royalty and global leaders, marking the first coronation in Britain in 50 years. Born on November 14, 1948, at Buckingham Palace, King Charles witnessed his mother’s coronation as Queen Elizabeth II at the age of four and was invested as the Prince of Wales in 1969.

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In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral, later divorcing her in 2005 and marrying Queen Consort Camilla in a civil ceremony. King Charles is the 40th monarch to be coronated at Westminster Abbey, a tradition spanning 900 years.

Notably, King Charles made history as the first British Royal Monarch to visit Zimbabwe after Independence, attending the midnight ceremony in Salisbury’s main stadium. He witnessed Zimbabwe’s independence declaration, using the Shona word for “Independence” in his speech, echoing President Mugabe’s theme of reconciliation.

Despite tensions, King Charles returned to Zimbabwe in various capacities, including as Director of the Commonwealth Development Corporation. His interactions with President Mugabe, including meeting at Pope Paul II’s funeral, symbolized diplomatic engagement amid Zimbabwe’s efforts to mend relations with the West and re-enter the Commonwealth.

Tapiwa Rubaya

Tapiwa Rubaya is the current affairs, fashion and sports reporter at My Afrika Magazine.

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