Preparations for King Charles III’s coronation are in full swing at Buckingham Palace. The ceremony will take place on May 6, and with the date getting closer, the Palace has started sending out invitations to the guests.
On Tuesday, a digital version of the invite was unveiled, along with a new photograph of the King and the Queen Consort, Camilla. The names of the eight Pages of Honour were also announced by the palace. The ceremony will reportedly be attended by some 2000 guests.
King Charles III’s Coronation: Pages of Honour Announced
Pages of Honour are the people who will be tending to the King and the Queen Consort during the coronation. The list includes the King’s grandson, Prince George. The prince is second in line to the throne. Other pages tending to the King include Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Master Ralph Tollemache, and Master Nicholas Barclay.
Pages for the Queen Consort include her grandsons, Master Freddy Parker Bowles, Master Gus and Master Louis Lopes, and great-nephew Master Arthur Elliot. Buckingham Palace also released a new photo of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, which was captured in the Blue Drawing Room in the palace last month. The happy couple is seen wearing blue attire in the picture.
King Charles III’s Coronation: Digital Invite Unveiled
The invitation is being sent out to over 2,000 guests, which is significantly lower than the 8,000 attendees invited at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. The full list of guests is yet to be revealed by the palace.
The invite is designed by heraldic artist Andrew Jamieson. The design used watercolors and gouache, which will be printed on recycled cards. The intricate parts of the artwork will be created with gold foil. The design incorporates various symbols, including the “Green Man,” a character from British folklore that signifies the start of spring and new beginnings.
The Green Man’s crown is adorned with natural plant elements, including ivy, oak, and hawthorn, all considered iconic symbols of the United Kingdom. Jamieson is a member of the Art Workers’ Guild, which also has King Charles III as an honorary member.
King Charles III’s Coronation: Expected Guests
While the full list of guests is yet to be unveiled, the ceremony will surely see the presence of the extended royal family at Westminster Abbey. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Meghan, have also been invited; however, they have not yet responded to the invitation. King Charles III is also breaking the tradition of not inviting members of foreign royal families to the coronation by sending out invites to European royals and rulers from Arab states.
“Inviting the King of Jordan, the Sultan of Brunei, the Sultan of Oman and the Scandinavian royals – who are all friends of Charles – will be a good bit of soft power and diplomacy,” revealed a source. Other guests will include British MPs, Foreign heads of state, the Queen Consort’s family and friends, and some members of the public.
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