CORONATION CRISIS? The latest on what to expect from King Charles’ big day
The coronation of King Charles III is just six weeks away and, like everything royals-related, it’s going to be huge as the Royal Family ushers in a new era.
The May 6th service is set to take place at Westminster Abbey, where every coronation has been held since 1066.
It will “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
Can fans expect a little drama to be served up with all the pomp and circumstance?
France says no; what about England?
Charles’ bad luck has already begun. His first overseas trip as monarch was postponed due to unrest in France.
Critics had long been calling for the visit to be cancelled, as it didn’t seem the French cared.
One Paris resident said, “The problem with Charles is that he is not the Queen. She was very loved here.”
Considering there was nowhere Queen Elizabeth was more loved than England, will Charles receive the same reception?
Expect a scaled-down production
There have been reports that Charles wants a “shorter and cheaper” coronation, in a ceremony that will also see Duchess Camilla be officially named Queen Consort, and conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Charles’ coronation bash will be skint on big names after Adele, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Robbie Williams and Elton all reportedly turned down the gig.
That said, Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to compose a new coronation anthem, while singers Pretty Yende, Roderick Williams and Sir Bryn Terfel will each create new pieces.
Which royals will show up?
It is unknown how many invites the Palace sent out, but Westminster Abbey can seat up to 2,200 people. Aside from senior members of the Royal Family, politicians, delegates and celebrities, the big question is whether the much-maligned royals be in attendance.
Critics have called for Charles’ disgraced brother, Prince Andrew, to skip the coronation events after he stepped down as a working royal over his links to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein as well as his multi-million-pound settlement with Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of sexually abusing her while she was underage. There is, however, likely no stopping him.
As for his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, she had previously revealed that she had yet to receive an invitation.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed they received an invitation, though it was unclear whether the pair will accept it as relations between Royal Family members appear strained, particularly after Harry’s memoir, Spare, was released.
The event also happens to fall on the same day as their son Archie’s fourth birthday, which could play a deciding factor, but one report claims two versions of the day are being planned: one includes Harry and Meghan, and one doesn’t.
“There’s a lot that can happen between now and then. But the door is always open. The ball is in their court,” Harry said while promoting his book. “There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they’re willing to sit down and talk about it.”
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