King Charles III coronation

King Charles thanks Armed Forces for 'exceptional contribution' to coronation

Watch: The military's coronation in under four minutes.

The King has personally thanked Armed Forces personnel for their "exceptional contribution" to the coronation.

King Charles III wrote a letter in which he said he was "deeply impressed" by the "faultless precision" of the servicemen and women who took part.

His Majesty's "warmest possible thanks" was also extended to civil servants at the Ministry of Defence, as well as those "who worked with such diligence behind the scenes".

The grand occasion, watched by millions of people around the world, was the largest ceremonial operation for the UK military since Queen Elizabeth's 1953 coronation, with more than 9,000 members of the Armed Forces deployed during the day and about 7,000 of these on ceremonial duties.

Every element of the military was represented during the day's proceedings.

As well as those personnel taking part in the processions, the ceremonial route was lined by 45 half companies from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force.

The King said the contribution of military bands added to the "unforgettable highlights" of the occasion, and he said he "particularly appreciated" the involvement of personnel from the Commonwealth and British Overseas Territories.

Watch: Incredible cockpit footage of the Red Arrows' coronation flypast.

A fanfare was played after the crown was placed on the King's head and the bells of Westminster Abbey rang for two minutes following the crowning, with gun salutes fired from nearby Horse Guards Parade, the Tower of London and saluting stations across the nation and from warships at sea.

The military also performed a flypast, with the number of aircraft taking part reduced due to the inclement weather.

King Charles said: "In reflecting on the extraordinary pride which I felt in presenting new Colours and Standards to the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and units of the British Army just nine days ago, it was clear that the same dedication and effort was seen throughout a truly memorable weekend".

The King noted that he and the Queen are aware the "splendid effort" was in addition to the normal duties of personnel around the world in keeping the nation safe, adding: "You have my admiration for all that you do and my wife and I are enormously proud of you all."

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