Prince Charles warned over cheaper coronation plans as public may want ‘splendid’ event

Prince Charles to opt for 'slimmed down' coronation says Myers

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Leaked details of “Operation Golden Orb”, the codename reportedly given to the planning and organisation of Prince Charles’s future coronation, have sparked a new interest in what the Firm will look like after the end of the Queen’s reign. Rumours the Prince of Wales intends to streamline the Royal Family and cut the number of people bearing an HRH style and senior role in the Firm have been circulating for years but never been confirmed by Clarence House.

Plans for Operation Golden Orb, if confirmed, would see Prince Charles holding a cheaper and shorter coronation ceremony to put in full display the royal’s vision of the future Firm.

This move, royal commentator Russell Myers believes, would be welcomed by the public.

He wrote in the Mirror: “In the modern world, the senior royals are acutely aware of the need to prove they are value for money and the weight of this responsibility has weighed heavily on the Prince of Wales.

“A shorter, cheaper and less ostentatious ceremony at Westminster Abbey, albeit with the rather flamboyant codename Operation Golden Orb, will be welcomed by a public more concerned with the ever-increasing costs of living rather than what insignia will be used on postboxes.”

However, another royal expert does not believe the coronation ceremony should be the moment to make the Firm appear toned down.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told “Although any new coronation ceremony will obviously be very different from that held in 1953, it is a bad mistake to believe that the British people want a coronation dictated by cost alone.

“It will have a huge worldwide audience; the weddings of the Cambridges and Sussexes and the various Jubilees show the vast global interest in our Royal Family.”

Referring to the latest figure shared by Buckingham Palace last spring on how much taxpayers pay for the Sovereign Grant to support the Firm in its official duties, the expert added: “The monarchy is a bargain at its current cost of £1.24 per person per year, excluding security, which includes the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace.

“I think the vast majority of the British people like the fact that we have the world’s most high-profile monarchy and would also want this reflected in a splendid coronation with the Gold Coach being used as reportedly it is planned to be.”

Mr Fitzwilliams also believes the coronation ceremony of Prince Charles would still be “spectacular” even if scaled down.

He said: “As for the idea of a scaled-back coronation service, of course it will be much changed given the magnificence that surrounded the event when the Queen was crowned.

“However, it will still be both spectacular and colourful.

“The 1953 Coronation was one of history’s most spectacular royal events.

“Times have changed radically but we will want a coronation that is different in several ways, but which is a religious ceremony which shows to the world our brilliance at ceremonial.”

The Queen acceded to the throne on February 6 1952 following the death of King George VI aged only 56.

She was anointed Queen at Westminster Abbey more than one year later, in June 1953.

This year, the sovereign is celebrating the first-ever Platinum Jubilee in British history.

While royals are expected to carry out events in the UK and across the Commonwealth to mark this milestone, celebrations in the country will take place during a long weekend in June.

Among the events planned there is a special Trooping the Colour parade, a concert at Buckingham Palace and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

On the eve of her 70th Accession Day anniversary, the sovereign expressed in no uncertain terms the Duchess of Cornwall should adopt the title of Queen Consort when her time comes.

According to reported details of Operation Golden Orb, the Duchess would be crowned alongside her husband, much like it happened in 1937 to the late Queen Elizabeth during the ceremony of her husband King George VI.

While sources have claimed planning for the future King is well underway, Clarence House has stated the coronation will be organised only from the moment Prince Charles accedes to the throne.

A palace spokesman told the Mail on Sunday who reported the details of Operation Golden Orb: “The detailed planning for a Coronation begins at the point of accession.

“So there are no plans of this nature at this stage”.

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