Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will star in the King’s Coronation procession at Westminster Abbey on May 6, reports suggested.
The Prince of Wales’s children are expected to join their parents in a carriage behind Charles and Camilla, who will be in the Gold State Coach, according to rehearsal documents seen by The Times.
Harry and Meghan still have not officially indicated whether they will attend the Coronation. Even so, staff are making plans so that Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet will be able to join the celebrations if they do.
It should not come as a surprise that the young Wales’ are participating in the procession, especially since George, 9, and Charlotte, 7, both accompanied the royal family during the Queen‘s funeral procession. Louis, 4, was deemed ‘too young’.
Rehearsal plans show that Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children will process out of the abbey, the newspaper reported.
Prince George, (left) Princess Charlotte (right) and Prince Louis (centre) will star in the King’s Coronation procession at Westminster Abbey on May 6, reports suggested. The siblings are pictured during the late Queen’s annual birthday parade last year
The Prince of Wales’s children are expected to join their parents in a carriage behind Charles and Camilla (pictured together in July 2021), who will be in the Gold State Coach
Harry and Meghan still have not officially indicated whether they will attend the Coronation. Even so, staff are making plans so that Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet will be able to join the celebrations if they do. The couple are pictured with their children
They will be joined by the Princess Royal, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Harry and Meghan are not expected to participate.
There is little chance of the Sussexes’ children being part of the ceremony itself given their ages – Archie will turn four on the big day itself and Lilibet will be one.
A source said: ‘I’m sure they would also acknowledge the little prince’s birthday even though it’s his grandpa’s big day.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have waged a campaign against their own family in a series of media interviews since quitting their Royal duties three years ago.
Many in the Royal Family are now bracing themselves for the arrival of the Sussexes in less than two months as the countdown to the Coronation continues.
The Sussexes would probably stay at Frogmore Cottage, their Windsor home which the King has asked them to leave by summer.
Camilla’s grandchildren are also reportedly expected to attend their grandmother and step-Grandfather’s coronation and have an official role, it was reported earlier this week.
The Queen Consort’s son Tom Parker Bowles has two children, 15 and 13, and her daughter Laura Lopes has 13-year-old twins. She has reportedly hoping that they would carry the canopy that is placed over her as she is anointed.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort takes place at Westminster Abbey in London time on May 6. They are pictured together in February
Prince William and Princess Kate (pictured on Friday) with process out of the Abbey with their children
The Wales’ will be joined by the Princess Royal, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra (pictured last December)
Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Harry and Meghan are not expected to participate. Eugenie, Andrew and Beatrice (left to right) are pictured at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort takes place at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6. It is the first such event for 70 years.
Charles has been Britain’s monarch since last year, when his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral on September 8 at the age of 96 – ending her 70-year reign. He ascended to the throne immediately following Her Majesty’s death.
The royal coronation ceremony, in particular, is an event that dates back over a thousand years and is set to take place inside Westminster Abbey.
He will be the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned in the Abbey. Charles will be 74 at the time of the ceremony, the oldest a new monarch has ever been crowned.
The occasion is expected to be a smaller affair than the late Queen’s coronation in 1953, where more that 7000 people packed into Westminster Abbey.
A Buckingham Palace statement released last autumn said ‘the coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.’
It added: ‘The coronation is a solemn religious service, together with an occasion for celebration and pageantry.
‘The ceremony has retained a similar structure for over a thousand years, and this year’s coronation is expected to include the same core elements while recognising the spirit of our times.
‘For the last 900 years, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London. Since 1066, the service has almost always been conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.’
The guest list is expected to be slashed from 8,000 to 2,000 and discussions have been held about having a more relaxed dress code.
Prince George (left), nine, and his sister Princess Charlotte (centre), who will turn eight shortly before the ceremony, and Prince Louis (bottom right), who will turn five in April, will attend. The three siblings are pictured last year with their parents the Prince and Princess of Wales
Camilla’s grandchildren are reportedly expected to attend their grandmother and step-Grandfather’s coronation and have an official role. Pictured: The Queen Consort with her children Tom Parker Bowles (left) and Laura Lopes (right) in 2018
Pictured: Oils from the Mount of Olives being mixed with essential oils and blessed in Jerusalem on March 3 to become Chrism Oil, which will be used in the Coronation
King Charles will wear St Edward’s Crown, which was made in 1661 for the coronation of King Charles II
The King is also set to ditch the various outfit changes that his mother had to make.
Whilst some lengthy traditions that featured in 1953 are set to be axed, the highly sacred moment of the anointing of the monarch will be retained.
A canopy of golden cloth will be held over Charles’ head during the anointing, so that no one else can see.
Charles will swear to be the ‘defender of the faith’, not ‘defender of faith’ – a change that was previously speculated.
The King will wit in the Coronation Chair, which dates from the start of the 14th Century.
After being anointed, Charles will have the crown of St Edward placed on his head, officially crowning him as King Charles III.
The 1762 Gold State Coach, which was refurbished at great expense for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will also be part of the Coronation procession.
Prince William will also take on new titles at the Coronation, including being formally named as the Prince of Wales.
Charles’ coronation will be followed by two more days of celebration, and will include a concert at Windsor Castle and community-building events.
King Charles III and Britain’s Camilla, the Queen Consort stand during the State Banquet held at Buckingham Palace last November
The late Queen’s coronation in 1953 was meant to be a great show to boost the morale of a country still languishing under rationing. However, there was one tiny mistake during the elaborate ceremony watched by 27 million Britons on TV. The Queen forgot to curtsey with her Maids of Honour at the north pillar of Westminster Abbey
The Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret watch Queen Elizabeth II being crowned in June 1953
The three-day celebratory weekend will see local authorities host events including cultural festivals, live music, community workshops, art showcases and creative games and competitions.
There will be a Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday, May 7 featuring ‘global music icons and contemporary stars’.
The concert broadcast live on BBC One and iPlayer with thousands of members of the public will be in the audience.
Iconic locations across Britain will also be lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
Across the weekend tens of thousands of Coronation ‘Big Lunches’ and street parties will be held in the UK and across the Commonwealth.
That day will be overseen and organised by the Big Lunch team at the Eden Project. The Queen Consort has been patron of the Big Lunch since 2013.
Big Lunches take place across the UK annually and last year they raised more than £22million for local charities.
And Monday, May 8 – a bank holiday – will see the Big Help Out take place across the UK, encouraging thousands of people volunteer to support causes they care about.
They will be able to pay tribute to the King’s service with organisations including the Scouts, Royal Voluntary Service, National Trust and RNLI.
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pictured with the King and Queen Consort at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey last year
Members of the Royal Family with the late Queen Elizabeth at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant last year
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort arrive at the annual Reception for Members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 6, 2022
The celebratory weekend for the Coronation will see local authorities host events including cultural festivals, live music, community workshops, art showcases and creative games and competitions.
Earlier this month, the Government confirmed pubs, clubs and bars will be allowed to stay open into the early hours over the Coronation weekend.
Venues across England and Wales were told they would able to continue serving customers for an extra two hours between May 5 and May 7 to celebrate.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said she would extend licensing hours from the normal 11pm to 1am to allow people to ‘enjoy an extra pint or two’.
The move was backed by a leading body in the hospitality sector as well as 77 per cent of the public who took part in a month-long consultation.