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King Charles’s Coronation promises to be a spectacular event with the Royal Family out in force to support the new monarch and his wife, Camilla, Queen Consort. Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm the exact roles that each member of the Firm will play, but there are a number of certainties at the Coronation ceremony this spring.
Standing alongside King Charles III, The Queen Consort will also be crowned at Westminster Abbey this spring.
Camilla, who married Charles in 2005, will be crowned using Queen Mary’s Crown at the ceremony on May 6. Camilla’s crown will hold some significance as it will be the first time in recent royal history a new crown is not made for the ceremony.
Although some changes will be made which “reflects the Consort’s individual style”, this will be done “in the interests of sustainability and efficiency”.
To reflect the modern monarchy, Camilla’s five teenage grandchildren will play a role in their grandmother’s big day. The Sunday Times recently reported the the Queen Consort has asked her grandchildren to hold the canopy over her as she is anointed during the ceremony.
William, as royal heir, is expected to play a key role and is likely to carry out an important tradition, typically reserved for royal dukes.
Straying from past Coronations, William is expected to be the only one to hold this role. According to Sunday Times, the 40-year-old will kneel to his father, and pledge allegiance. William, who was appointed Prince of Wales in September, is also expected to have a part in the after ceremony’s procession and a key place on the balcony.
Kate, Princess of Wales
As reported by The Times, Kate will join her husband among the few working royals playing prominent roles. Kate is the wife of the future King.
Dr Tessa Dunlop previously told the Mirror the Coronation is “all about royal hierarchy” and “visual messaging through both costume and carriage will remind us who the future King and Queen are.”
Although he’s aged just nine-years-old, Prince George is second-in-line to the throne.
It is believed the future King will join his parents in the carriage behind the King and Queen Consort on May 6.
Playing the role of protective parents, Kate and William are keen for their eldest son to play a “low-key” role in the ceremony.
Roya Nikkhah, who is the Sunday Times royal editor, previously told True Royalty TV’s ‘The Royal Beat’: “[William and Kate] are very conscious that he will return to school on the Tuesday [after the Coronation].
“They do not want him to be overwhelmed by the attention. But he may play a smaller official role.”
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
Like their older brother, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are expected in the royal procession.
At the time of the Coronation, Princess Charlotte will have just turned eight and Prince Louis will be five-years-old.
Charlotte and George attended their great-grandmother’s funeral last September. Louis was not at the service, as he was thought to be too young at the time.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The couple confirmed they had received an invite to the Coronation, but whether they will attend or not is not confirmed.
In the statement confirming an invite had been extended, the couple failed to reveal whether they would be in London on May 6.
According to the Times, the couple will, however, not hold official roles at the ceremony, even if they are in London for the Coronation.
Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet
Harry and Meghan’s two children, who live in the US with their parents, are the two youngest grandchildren of King Charles III.
After endless speculation, it was revealed earlier this month they are now set to formally use their royal titles.
It has been reported that Archie and Lilibet haven’t been invited to the ceremony, although their ages could be the reason for this.
The date of the Coronation, May 6, also is Archie’s fourth birthday.
Dr Tessa Dunlop recently told The Royal Beat Archie is “definitely not too young to attend”, referring to how the King was four when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned in 1953.
Lilibet, however, will celebrate her second birthday in June, so is definitely too young.
It has not been announced whether the King’s younger brother, Prince Andrew, will be at the King’s Coronation.
If the Duke of York is there on May 6, it has been reported he will not hold an official role.
Now no longer a senior royal, it has also been reported that the King could ban Andrew from wearing a ceremonial robe. This decision has reported left the Duke feeling “furious” that he is “being kept in the dark” about his dress.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
Prince Andrew’s two daughters both hold roles outside of the Firm, and are not working royals.
Like Harry, this is reported to mean they will not hold official roles at their uncle’s big day.
The King’s only sister has been a working royal for a number years.
Previously deemed the hardest-working royal, the 72-year-old could hold an official role at the Coronation.
Dr George Gross, a visiting research fellow in theology at King’s College London, said she could have a prominent part to play in terms of “paying homage” to the monarch.
He added “there isn’t a particular moment in the service wher they have to play a role besides the paying homage element.”
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