Inside the Royal Coronation roles including Kates special message and Louis carriage ride

The Coronation of King Charles will take place at Westminster Abbey in just under six weeks, and the final stage of planning is well underway with reports revealing which royals will take a prominent role in the historic ceremony.

It's been 70 years since the last coronation, that of the late Queen Elizabeth II, meaning it's the first time that many in the country will have seen such a spectacle.

And it won't just be King Charles who will be playing a prominent role in the ceremony, with Queen Consort Camilla being crowned alongside him, and a number of other royals also set to play important parts.

Here are the plans which have been revealed so far…

Queen Camilla

Camilla will be crowned Queen Consort in the same ceremony that her husband will be crowned King, and while Charles will be wearing St Edward’s Crown, she will be wearing the Crown of Queen Mary.

The use of Queen Mary's crown is something of a break from recent tradition, as all British Queen Consorts in the 20th Century wore their own crowns created for the ceremony.

This tradition began with Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the consort of King William IV, who had a new crown created for her 1830 coronation.

Camilla's crown, however was made for Mary of Teck – wife of King George V and Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother – in 1911.

The Crown of Queen Mary was chosen in the in the interests of sustainability and efficiency, and was removed from the Tower of London recently so it could be reset with the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds.

Camilla's grandchildren are also set to play a role in their step-grandfather's Coronation.

The Sunday Times reported that Camilla has requested that her grandchildren hold a canopy over her as she is anointed with holy oil during a part of the ceremony.

The Queen Consort's son Tom Parker Bowles has two children Lola, 15, and Freddy, 13, and her daughter Laura Lopes has Eliza, 15, and twins Louis and Gus, 13.

Prince William

As next in line to the throne, Prince William is likely to play a significant role in the Coronation, and according to the Sunday Times he will be the only one to pay homage to the King during the ceremony.

This will see William kneel and pledge allegiance to Charles, he will then touch the crown and kiss the monarch's right cheek.

It's believed that the Prince of Wales will be part of the huge procession after the service from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, where the Royals will make the first balcony appearance of the new reign.

The procession will see the Waleses seated in a prominent carriage behind the King and Queen, who will be in the gold state coach.

Kate Middleton

As the Princess of Wales and a working royal, Kate Middleton will likely form part of the procession and make a balcony appearance alongside her husband.

Dr Tessa Dunlop has discussed the important roles all the working royals will play in the day's proceedings, telling The Mirror: "History suggests working royals will stand out."

Tessa then discussed how, at the late Queen's coronation in 1953, her sister Princess Margaret certainly stood out with her coronation gown designed by Norman Hartnell and a lavish Cartier tiara.

On this occasion Margaret travelled to the Abbey with the Queen Mother, with the pair of them sitting in a special box and overlooking the proceedings, with the four-year old Prince Charles alongside them.

"A similar scenario for the Princess of Wales and her three children is likely" Tessa continued. "William and his offspring are next in line to the throne and coronations deliberately emphasise the order of precedence and succession.

"Like it or not this state occasion is all about royal hierarchy. Visual messaging through both costume and carriage will remind us who the future King and Queen are (whether the Sussexes like it or not!)"

Prince George

Despite his young age, Prince George, who is now second in line to the throne, could play a role in the Coronation, and it is believed that he will be taking part in the procession alongside his parents.

There is thought to be some disagreement behind the scenes as to the size of nine year old George's role in the ceremony, with Kate and William thought to be concerned about the pressure George could face and think it could "be too much" for the youngster.

Speaking to The Express, royal commentator Tom Quinn said: "I've heard from my contacts that there is a bit of an argument going on about whether George should play a more formal role. I've heard that Kate and William are worried that it will be too much for him."

He then suggested that George will pay a role in the coronation, but added that it won't "be too prominent".

Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Prince George's younger siblings Princess Charlotte, who will be eight at the time of the Coronation, and Prince Louis, who will have turned five, are also expected to appear in the procession back to Buckingham Palace.

However, they are unlikely to play any other role in the coronation.

The Coronation won't be the first time George and Charlotte attend a royal event as they attended their great grandmother the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey in September, making them the youngest royals in history to publicly attend a funeral.

Prince Louis was not present and is thought to have been considered too young to attend the service.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Questions are still be asked as to whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be attending the ceremony.

And although a spokesperson for the couple has confirmed that they have been in contact with the Palace, it appears that a decision is yet to be made.

However if the Sussexes do attend, it's thought that as non-working royals they will not hold any official role within the proceedings, nor will they be a part of the procession.

Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet

Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet are believed to have been left out of coronation plans and are thought to have been deemed "too young" to attend the ceremony.

This decision as been criticised by a number of royal experts, with many pointing out that the coronation falls on the same day as Archie's fourth birthday.

Appearing on True Royalty TV, Dr Tessa Dunlop argued: "It's his fourth birthday on the day of the Coronation…

"If you look at the footage of the 1953 Coronation, who was very prominent, albeit briefly? Prince Charles. He was four.

"Archie on his fourth birthday is definitely not too young to attend the coronation. And if you want Meghan there, you need to invite her son."

Prince Andrew

It has not yet been confirmed if the disgraced Prince Andrew will be attending the coronation and if he does, it's believed that he will hold no official role in the proceedings.

In the case that he does attend, Andrew will likely be banned from wearing Knight of the Garter robes, a decision which is said to have left him "furious."

The Duke of York stepped back from royal duties after his connections to convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein became known to the public.

Andrew then paid a reported sum of£12m to his accuser Virginia Giuffre in an out-of-court settlement after denying her claims that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

Other Royals

Other members of the Royal family will also take part in the coronation.

Those set to take part in the procession and balcony appearance include Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, who have recently received the titles of Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

And while Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are both set to attend the coronation, it's thought that as non-working royals they will not be part of the procession.


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