He Prince George, second in line to the British thronewill occupy a leading place in the great ceremony of coronation of his grandfather, King Carlos III. The ceremony will take place on May 6 and will combine traditions of 900 years of history with modern elements.
The 9-year-old boy, who made headlines when he attended Elizabeth II’s funeral in September despite his young age, was confirmed as one of four youngsters to wear the monarch’s mantle at the two-hour ceremony that It will take place at Westminster Abbey.
This is a major break with tradition, after for nearly a millennium the coronation robes of each new king were worn by senior members of the nobility. It would be the first time that a royal grandson occupies such an important place within the elaborate ceremony..
In 1937, Princess Elizabeth (the future Elizabeth II) was 11 years old when she watched her own father George VI’s coronation, in 1937, but had no official role. Neither was her son, Prince Charles, who was only four years old, at the coronation of Elizabeth II, 70 years ago.
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Prince George will thus wear the royal robe along with three other pages: Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, the 13-year-old son of Charles III’s private secretary, Nicholas Barclay, the 13-year-old grandson of one of Queen Camilla’s ladies, and 12-year-old Ralph Tollemache.
The prince and the three teenagers of the nobility will assist King Charles from his departure from Buckingham Palace, throughout the entire ceremony in the “coronation theatre” built for the occasion in Westminster and on the way back.
Princess Charlotte, 7 years old and Jorge’s sister, will attend the ceremony with her mother Kate, although it is believed that the youngest son of the family will not attend due to his young age.
On the other hand, Queen Camilla will also have four “Pages of Honor” that will carry her mantle: her grandsons Gus and Louis Lopes, both 13, Freddy Parker Bowles, 12, and Camilla’s great-nephew Arthur Elliot, 11.
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With almost a month to go before the coronation, preparations for the ceremony in Westminster are accelerating. Although Carlos, 74, became king after the death of his mother in September, there was a period of mourning and many details to adjust.
Carlos will receive in the same ceremony the historic Crown of Saint Edward, made in 1661, and then the Imperial Crown, created in 1838 and modified at each coronation. His wife Camila, 75, will also be crowned with the crown of Queen Mary, made in 1911.
The couple will arrive from the palace without other members of the royal family, in what is known as the “King’s Procession”, and then return with a retinue, known as the “Coronation Procession”.
To close the first day, the members of the royal family will greet the population from a balcony of Buckingham Palace, on whose esplanade thousands of people are expected to gather.
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