Charles and Camilla will break royal tradition for the King’s coronation in bold move
For the royal coronation in May, things look like they’re about to be a little different for King Charles and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla – who have decided to break from historical traditions.
The royal couple have revealed there will be a bold change taking place during the ceremony in a few months time, which typically only sees nobility take on important roles throughout the service. This time, however, it's said that Camilla's five grandchildren will take on a big job at Westminster Abbey service on 6 May - stepping in to help with a role that is usually performed by duchesses. Deemed to be one of the most sacred roles of the ceremony, they will make a special appearance in order to hold the canopy over the Queen Consort as she is anointed with holy oil.
Charles’ grandson, Prince George is also rumoured to be taking on a special role at the ceremony.
This break in tradition is actually pretty exciting to see from the couple and as well as making sense (why wouldn't they want Camilla's grandchildren involved?) is a bold statement about the realities of their blended family, something relatable for many others across the UK. Both the King and Queen Consort are divorced, with step-children and step-grandchildren in the mix, and choosing to involve loved ones who aren't official royals sends a strong message of inclusion.
Camilla shares two children with ex-husband, Andrew Parker-Bowles. Her son, Tom Parker Bowles, has two children – Lola, 15, and Freddy, 13. Her daughter, Laura Lopes, has three children – Eliza, 15, and 13-year-old twins, Louis and Gus.
Camilla's family have largely stayed out of these spotlight moments for the monarchy (although Eliza was a bridesmaid at Prince William and Princess Kate's wedding in 2011, making an appearance on the balcony), but this decision feels considered and familial.
A royal source told the Sunday Times: “It sends a nice signal and is quite a bold move. It is another example of the King and Queen Consort being unafraid to shake things up a bit to reflect the realities of modern life, of which a blended family is a central element.”
Another tradition switch up on the day will see Camilla swap out her original crown, while she is crowned during the same ceremony as Charles. Buckingham Palace confirmed Camilla will no longer wear the Queen Mother's platinum crown (which is encrusted with the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond), and will instead wear the crown of Queen Mary. This means Camilla will be the first consort to wear a reused crown since the 18th century.
For more information on the King’s coronation dates and events, here’s everything we know so far.
If you want to enter the ballot to attend the coronation Concert, entry closes today (28 February). You can enter via the Ticketmaster website here.
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