ICYMI, King Charles, formerly Prince Charles, officially became the monarch of the United Kingdom and the 14 Commonwealth countries around the world on Sunday.
The 74-year-old royal was crowned in the presence of world leaders, celebrities, and his family in a glittering ceremony that was rich in thousand-year-old rituals and traditions.
Amidst heavy criticism of holding a coronation ceremony that cost upwards of $120 million of taxpayers’ money during one of the worst economic crises in Britain, the extravagant ceremony was followed by a concert which was headlined by Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
But what was Sonam Kapoor doing at the concert?
The Neerja actress was invited to deliver a speech about the diversity of Commonwealth nations and introduce the various choir performers from said nations, like The Bahamas Youth Choir, choir from Risotto and Brunei, Steve Windwood and Virtual Commonwealth Choir.
After being introduced as “one of India’s biggest stars”, Kapoor stepped on to the grand stage and started off her speech with a humble “Namaste”.
“Our Commonwealth is a union. Together we are one third of the world’s people, one third of the world’s ocean, one quarter of the world’s land. Each of our countries is unique. Each of our people is special. But we choose to stand this one. Learning from our history, blessed by our diversity, driven by our values and determined to build a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future for everyone, where every voice is heard,” she said.
The actress’ mother Sunita Kapoor took to Instagram to share a video of her speech and expressed how proud she had made her.
The Veere Di Wedding actress looked stunning in a gown designed collaboratively by Emilia Wickstead and Anamika Khanna, representing the spirit of Kapoor being invited to speak on the coronation concert stage beautifully.
Over 20,000 people attended the concert which had stars like the late Queen Elizabeth’s secret BFF Tom Cruise drop in with a video message, along with the headlining musicians electrifying performances.
Prince William, too, gave a speech in his father’s honour, saying, “As my grandmother said when she was crowned, coronations are a declaration of our hopes for the future. And I know she’s up there, fondly keeping an eye on us, and she’d be a very proud mother.”
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