King Charles coronation: Buckingham Palace balcony line-up - only working Royal Family members allowed
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His Majesty’s decision to experience the historic moment with his closest family members reportedly shows his vision of a much slimmed-down monarchy, according to royal sources. The much-anticipated event takes place on Saturday May 6.
King Charles hopes the moment will symbolise his thanks to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, alongside a selection of royals who are dedicated to public service. All while also “showing the heartbeat and future of his family”.
A source told The Mirror: “The balcony moment will be the King’s final presentation of a slimmed down monarchy, which of course will be even further slimmed down once the Gloucesters, Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra finally step away from public life and into their well earned retirements. It is a final thank you for them and a nod to their support of his mother during her 70 year reign.”
This move appears to all but rule out the more contentious members of The Royal Family, such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is still up in the air as to whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will even be in attendance at the Westminster Abbey ceremony, as Buckingham Palace officials are still reportedly awaiting a response to the invitation.
It also means that Prince Andrew is expected to be banished from the balcony. The Duke of York has recently been embroiled in a scandal that saw him stripped of all his royal patronages and military affiliations, approved by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
An awe-inspiring fly past from the world-famous Red Arrows is also expected to be planned for the big balcony moment. It will be a scene reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee last June.
But who will be on the balcony, alongside King Charles III and Queen Camilla, to celebrate this emotional moment after the coronation? Here is everything you need to know.
King Charles III coronation - Buckingham Palace balcony line-up
- King Charles III
- Queen Camilla
- Prince of Wales, Prince William
- Princess of Wales, Princess Kate
- Prince George
- Princess Charlotte
- Prince Louis
- Princess Anne
- Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence
- Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward
- Duchess of Edinburgh, Sophie Wessex
- Duke of Kent, Prince Edward
- Princess Alexandra
- Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard
- Duchess of Gloucester, Birgitte