King Charles Coronation: Prince Louis smiles from carriage
A royal commentator weighed in on what, or who, may be responsible for the Waleses’ delayed arrival at Westminster Abbey on Saturday. The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at the abbey by car alongside Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte at the abbey. They appeared to be late as, according to the order of the service, the four royals were meant to be already seated by the time King Charles and Queen Camilla walked through the Abbey’s nave.
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The order read: “Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales arrive at the Great West Door and are conducted to their seats in the Lantern. All remain seated.
“Their Majesties The King and The Queen arrive at the West Gate. A fanfare is sounded. All stand.”
Instead, Kate, Prince William, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ended up joining the King and Queen’s procession and taking their seats just as Their Majesties were heading towards theirs at the front of the Abbey.
While no official reason was given for this last-minute adjustment to the service, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter weighed in, arguing the delay may have been unwillingly sparked by the youngest child of Kate and William.
She said: “Louis is five, let’s put it that way.”
The child attended the historic event under the watchful eye not just of his parents but also of eight-year-old Princess Charlotte.
Brother and sister walked down the nave holding hands, and during the service, the girl was spotted exchanging a few words with Louis as well as looking at him.
The five-year-old was well-behaved throughout the service, albeit he was spotted briefly yawning at one point.
Prince George was not sitting with the rest of his family as he was one of the eight pages of honour.
The young royal and future King held his grandfather’s robe during the procession inside the Abbey, and sat behind him during the service.
The Coronation ceremony lasted for two hours, beginning approximately at 11am.
It was preceded by the King’s Procession, which saw Charles and Camilla travelling on the Diamond Jubilee State Coach from Buckingham Palace to the abbey, a journey which took approximately 40 minutes.
Charles seemingly expressed his frustration at being held in the carriage by the Waleses’ delay.
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A lip reader claimed to Sky News the yet-to-be-crowned King said: “We can never be on time. Yes I’m… This is a negative. There’s always something… This is boring.”
The Bishop of Chelmsford, Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, conceded the historic ceremony didn’t go entirely as planned and rehearsed.
Speaking on Saturday outside St Margaret’s Church next to the Abbey, he said there were “one or two” hiccups.
He continued: “There were one or two things that didn’t go strictly to plan. I’m not going to embarrass anyone in particular.”
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