Buckingham Palace is “confident” that King Charles’ coronation on the historic day will go “according to plan”, despite claims of “chaos” and “huge headaches” behind the scenes, an insider insisted last night.
With the coronation less than a month away, some claimed royal aides were confused about the schedule, including uncertainty caused by Harry and Meghan’s reluctance to say whether they will attend the ceremony.
However, an insider has dismissed the claims, saying there was “tremendous confidence” that everything would go according to plan on May 6.
Buckingham Palace has made final preparations for the once-in-a-generation ceremony, which will see Charles ascend to the throne at Westminster Abbey on May 6, while Camilla will become queen.
A royal source assured the nation last night that everyone in the palace was working hard to ensure the joyful occasion goes as it should, telling the Mirror: “Everyone is moving in the right direction.
“The King and Queen’s consort want it to be perfect, as do everyone involved, and so every effort is made to make it that way.”
Buckingham Palace is ‘confident’ King Charles’s coronation on the historic day will go ‘according to plan’, despite claims of ‘chaos’ and ‘huge headaches’ behind the scenes, an insider has insisted
With the coronation less than a month away, some claimed royal aides were confused over the schedule, including uncertainty caused by Harry and Meghan’s reluctance to say whether they will attend the ceremony
Buckingham Palace has made final preparations for the once-in-a-generation ceremony, which will see Charles ascend to the throne at Westminster Abbey on May 6, while Camilla will become queen. Pictured: The Cosmati Pavement, located in front of the altar in Westminster Abbey
A concerned insider had told me The mirror: ‘It’s all very hectic, complete chaos to be honest.’
“There’s a plan, which should be the blueprint of how the day should go, but things change daily and that causes huge headaches.”
Westminster Abbey will be filled with 2,000 people for the service – less than a potential guest list of 7,000 – including leaders from France, Spain and Japan, among others.
US President Joe Biden called Charles to let him know he will not be attending the service in central London, sending his wife Jill instead, in what some commentators have taken as a disapproval.
The King and Queen’s consort will use the lavish Gold State Coach for the first time on May 6 to travel back to Buckingham Palace after their coronation
King Charles (pictured attending the Maudy Service at York Minster last week) travels back from the coronation in the Gold State Coach
Queen Elizabeth II traveled in the Gold State Coach with Prince Philip for her coronation in June 1953
Charles will be the 40th monarch to be crowned at the Abbey and, at age 74 at the time of the ceremony, the oldest ever crowned. The service is expected to be viewed by hundreds of millions around the world in what will become a masterclass in pomp and circumstance, despite the King’s decision to “slim down” the occasion.
The service itself begins at 11 a.m. and, according to the royal family’s website, is “solemn and religious” while offering “celebration and pageantry.”
It will be led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and ‘will reflect the monarch’s current role and look to the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions’.
Among them will be the role of the Page of Honor performed by Prince George and seven other boys.
The service is expected to be viewed by hundreds of millions around the world in what will become a masterclass in pomp and circumstance, despite the King’s decision to “slim down” the occasion. In the photo: an invitation to the historic coronation in early May
In the historic ceremonial position, the eight youths – four for each monarch – carry the king’s and queen’s robes into the abbey.
It was revealed last week that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are on the verge of confirming whether they will attend King Charles’s coronation next month.
Despite the deadline for RSVPs reportedly passed on Monday, the Sussexes reportedly have not yet told palace aides whether they will be flying over from California for the service.
If Harry and Meghan do attend the service, they will not take part in the coronation procession afterwards, nor will they join senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, it was previously reported.
Prince William will be the sole royal feudal lord at the ceremony, and he alone will kneel to “pay homage” to the king, before touching the crown and kissing his father’s cheek.
The action is usually performed by all royal dukes, but Charles scrapped the traditional obligation, effectively absolving Prince Harry of all ceremonial duties.
Harry and Meghan’s children, Archie, three years old, and one-year-old Lilibet, are too young to play roles at the ceremony. They are reportedly not invited to the event.
Royal author Phil Dampier previously told MailOnline: “They are too young to be involved in the actual ceremony, but of course the King would love to see his grandchildren when they come over and it must be heartbreaking for him that he never sees them.”
The late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Day Service on March 9, 2020
Charles will be the 40th monarch to be crowned at the Abbey and, at age 74 at the time of the ceremony, the oldest ever crowned
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliam told MailOnline: “Harry and Meghan will almost certainly attend as they would be isolated if they didn’t.
“If they will attend, and I expect they will, they will almost certainly have no part to play in the ceremony.
“The Royal Family knows how to deal with them and is all too aware of the damage they have deliberately done to the Royal Family for monetary gain.
“The conversation with other royals will be about the weather. They will not, with reason, be trusted. They only owe that to themselves and their declining viewing figures.’