Less than two months remain until the very special event that will take place on the grounds of Britain. After more than 70 years, the nation would witness a coronation when Charles would officially be crowned a King.
However, besides Charles, his wife Camilla will also be given a new, more significant role, that of Queen Consort.
The much-awaited coronation is set to take place on May 6, which happens to be the birth date of Archie, Harry and Meghan’s son.
When late Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1954, over 8,000 guests were in attendance at the coronation, and 129 nations were officially represented. King Charles is now allegedly planning to significantly reduce that number on his coronation, according to reports.
The coronation, which is given the code-name “Operation Golden Orb,” will take place at Westminster Abbey, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The statement regarding this special event Britain hasn’t seen since June 2, 1953, when Queen Elizabeth became the head of monarchy, states that King Charles’ coronation “will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
Further, the statement reads that “The Coronation is a solemn religious service, together with an occasion for celebration and pageantry.
“Across the Coronation Weekend, there will be further opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the historic occasion. On Sunday, May 7 2023, a special Coronation Concert will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle by the BBC and BBC Studios, with several thousand pairs of tickets to be made available via public ballot,” Buckingham Palace added.
“The Coronation Big Lunch, at which neighbors and communities are invited to share food and fun together, will take place across the country on the same date.”
Camilla would be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, which is set with 2,200 diamonds and was worn by Queen Mary for the coronation alongside her husband, King George V, in 1911. The crown would be altered so that is honors late Queen Elizabeth. According to some, the headpiece will be replaced with diamonds Cullinan III, IV, and V, which belonged to the late Queen’s personal jewelry collection.
As expected, many kept wondering if Harry and Meghan would be invited to the coronation, and Harry finally broke the silence and confirmed that they have been invited to King Charles’ coronation but he didn’t say whether they would attend it or not.
“I can confirm The Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation,” a spokesperson for the couple told The Sunday Times.
“An immediate decision on whether The Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.”
“We do know King Charles III has kept the invitation to the Coronation open,” royal expert Gareth Russell told US Weekly.
“And he’s made it really clear that not just the Duke of Duchess of Sussex but also Lilibet and Archie are very welcome in London in May for his coronation.”
In case they do attend the big event, which is very likely they would, Harry and Meghan are likely to try and keep themselves in the background.
According to royal expert Kinsey Schofield, the couple might end up taking becoming the main attraction on the big day – all down to their son, Archie who will be celebrating his birthday on the day of his grandpa’s coronation.
“I really think if we see anything around the Coronation, that would be a photo of Archie,” Schofield told Express.
“We haven’t seen very much of Archie, so that would be big news if we actually got to see him around the coronation, which is on his birthday.”
Royal expert Robert Hardman, author of Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II, believes the Duke and the Duchess would be respectful. “This is not our show, it’s his show, we are here because that’s the sort of respect for a beautiful thing to do,” he told Page Six. “Private family issues aside… that’s for another day.”
Further, he said, “Don’t forget, we kind of went through this last year with the Queen’s (Platinum) Jubilee,” he continued, adding that Harry and Meghan were “quite low-key” during that celebration.
“They didn’t seek to upstage the main event, they didn’t give any interviews, they didn’t have a Netflix crew following them up the aisle [at St. Paul’s Cathedral]. I think if they’re sensible, that’s how they’ll play it this time.”
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