Today our thoughts and prayers are with the King as he takes up his new responsibilities, and is solemnly consecrated for the task. Here is the special Collect that has been issued by the Bishops of England and Wales: ‘O God, to whom every human power is subject, grant to your servant our sovereign Charles success in the exercise of his high office, so that, always revering you and striving to please you, he may constantly secure and preserve for the people entrusted to his care the freedom that comes from civil peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen’.

May the Lord watch over him and guide him in all that he undertakes, and may God bless each one of us this day.