King Charles was seen listening and enjoying the music that was played at his Coronation when he attended the first night of a new series of special concerts.
On Tuesday evening, Charles attended a Wigmore Hall-organized event at St James’s Roman Catholic Church in London.
He returned from his solo vacation in Romania on Friday to attend the ceremony in person.
King Charles’ homecoming to the UK coincides with the visit of his youngest son, Prince Harry, though the two are unlikely to meet.
Since Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stood down as senior royals and came to the United States, the father, and son have spent little time together.
The couple’s decision to participate in a series of high-profile interviews, including a six-part Netflix docu-series, as well as Harry’s explosive memoir, has strained relations.
Harry has visited the UK several times over the years, but he has spent little time with his father.
When Harry made a surprise appearance at London’s High Court during one of his most recent visits in March, the King was apparently “too busy” to meet up with his son.
Due to the last-minute postponement of his visit to France, the King was in the UK at the time but was believed to be at Highgrove, his house in Gloucestershire, preparing for the German phase of his tour, which would begin just two days later.
When Harry returned for the Coronation last month, he and his father are said to have scarcely spoken.
The King personally attended the special concern on Tuesday night, which comprised all four coronation anthems by George Frideric Handel, including Zadok the Priest.
Le Concert Spirituel, a prominent French baroque group, performed the compositions, which were conducted by Herve Niquet.
Judith Weir, Master of the King’s Music, was awarded honorary membership in the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) during the concert in recognition of her contributions to music.
Throughout the evening, the King met with several visitors, including BBC Radio 3 controller Sam Jackson, rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, Jeneba and Dr. Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, and musicians from Le Concert Spirituel.
The event began with fanfare and the national anthem, sung by British baritone Roderick Williams.
The event on Tuesday is the first in a series of Wigmore Hall concerts, which will allow musicians linked with the organization to stage larger-scale performances.
On Monday, June 19, the series continues with Wigmore Hall Baroque Ensemble in Residence Solomon’s Knot singing Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
“It has been a huge honor to welcome His Majesty The King to this very special concert,” said John Gilhooly, director of Wigmore Hall and RPS chairman.
“The event is a wonderful reflection of 21st-century cosmopolitan Britain, with French musicians performing German music at a Catholic church with historic ties to Spain, in a concert organized by an Irishman.”
“I am particularly pleased that His Majesty was able to present the RPS honorary membership to Judith Weir.”
The concert from Tuesday will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday, June 8 at 7.30 p.m.