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King Charles and Camilla at the Coronation© GB News

The invitation to pledge allegiance to King Charles III was one of the “few conspicuously misjudged” moments from the Coronation, according to a royal historian.

The plot has come under fierce criticism since it was announced the Archbishop of Canterbury would “invite” those who wish to express support for the monarch to do so during the ceremony.

The act itself was not met with a “roar”, according to royal historian Dr David Starkey, who says the muted reaction exposes a sign of poor judgment from the monarchy.

Speaking on GB News, Starkey told royal correspondent Cameron Walker that King Charles did not receive the adulation he would have wanted during the act.

He said: “There was hardly a roar. This was one of the few conspicuously misjudged things [from the Coronation].

“In England, ordinary people don’t do pledges of allegiance. The old aristocracy would have been totally happy, because that is what they did.

“It is the problem when you decide to put tradition in a waste paper basket.”

The wording of the oath of allegiance was altered after campaign groups criticised the notion of “calling” for people to swear allegiance to the monarch.

The Golden Carriage is escorted down The Mall
The Golden Carriage is escorted down The Mall© GB News

Instead, the Archbishop of Canterbury “invited” those who wish to express for the King, in a move that represented the first time the public were given a role in the Coronation. 

Lambeth Palace confirmed it had been mutually agreed with Buckingham Palace that the introductory words would be changed.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was to say: "I call upon all persons of goodwill in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of the other realms and the territories to make their homage, in heart and voice, to their undoubted King, defender of all."

All those who wished the pledge their allegiance were invited to reply: “I swear that I will pay true allegiance to your majesty, and to your heirs and successors according to law. So help me god.”

Instead, he said: "I now invite those who wish to offer their support to do so, with a moment of private reflection, by joining in saying God save King Charles at the end or, for those with the words before them, to recite them in full."

Starkey went on to praise the ceremony, describing it as an “absolutely traditional” occasion, and the late Queen Elizabeth II’s fingerprints were all over it.

“We had extraordinary references to the late Queen”, he said. “Her words framed everything. The notion of service and what she said about the function of the Church of England.

“She even framed the Coronation oath and its Protestantism.”

The service was followed by a scaled-down flypast, which the King and Queen watched from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The RAF’s Red Arrows trailed red, white and blue sample as their jets flew over the masses gathered on The Mall.

As a result of “unsuitable weather conditions”, plans for more than 60 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force had to be scrapped. By Ben Chapman, GB News

Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (right), his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr Obinna Obeta, 50, have been jailed. Picture: Met PoliceA wealthy Nigerian politician and his wife have been jailed for plotting to traffic a young man to the UK to harvest his organ for their sick daughter in a legal first.

Following a landmark modern slavery case, multi-millionaire Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and medical "middleman" Dr Obinna Obeta, 51, were found guilty at the Old Bailey in March.

Their victim, a poor street trader in Lagos, was brought to the UK to provide a kidney for the Ekweremadus' 25-year-old daughter Sonia.

He fled in fear of his life and walked into a police station exactly a year ago to report what had happened after the Royal Free Hospital called a halt on the private £80,000 procedure.


In a televised sentencing on Friday, Mr Justice Johnson recognised Ike Ekweremadu's "substantial fall from grace" as he jailed him for nine years and eight months.

Beatrice Ekweremadu was jailed for four years and six months and Obeta for 10 years.

The senior judge said: "People-trafficking across international borders for the harvesting of human organs is a form of slavery.

"It treats human beings and their body parts as commodities to be bought and sold.

"It is a trade that preys on poverty, misery and desperation."

He told the defendants: "You each played a part in that despicable trade."

On the question of harm to the victim if the intended transplant went ahead, he said: "He would have faced spending the rest of his life with only one kidney and without the requisite funding for the required aftercare."

He added the risks had not been properly explained and there had been no consent "in any meaningful sense".

During the hearing, the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said he only found out what was planned when he was taken to the north London hospital for an initial consultation.

In a statement read to court: "I would never (have) agreed to any of this.

"My body is not for sale."

He spoke of his fears for his own safety and that of his family in Nigeria who had been visited and told to "drop" the case.

He said: "I cannot think about going home to Nigeria.

"These people are extremely powerful and I worry for my family.

"Even though I live here in the UK at the moment I know I need to be careful too.

"I have no-one here, no family, no friends." By By Asher McShane, LBC

Raila Odinga stranded at the command centre in Shakahola. [Marion Kithi, Standard]

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has been denied entry into Shakahola forest in Kilifi County where bodies of over 100 members of a cult have been recovered.

The cult's leader Paul Makenzi is said to have lured his followers into praying and fasting for long periods of time "so they can meet their maker".  

While some of the victims, who included children, died from starvation, there are those who died from strangulation, according to autopsy reports. 

And on Friday, the commander of the operation investigating the deaths, Mr Peter Ndung’u, asked Raila to seek permission from the Inspector General if he wanted to access the forest. 

“I want to access the forest so that I can be able to see the graves, I can't travel all the way and go back without seeing the scene,” Raila said. By Marion Kithi, The Standard

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