King Charles will have Princess Anne as his bodyguard during his first opening speech to Parliament as monarch, it is claimed.
His Majesty, 74, will be joined by his younger sister when he visits Parliament on Tuesday to deliver the King’s Speech, the Mirror reports.
While Charles and his wife Camilla will travel from Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee coach which transported them to his coronation at Westminster Abbey, the Princess Royal will travel in a separate car behind them.
In doing so, the 73-year-old will be the “golden rod in waiting”, reprising a role she played for her brother’s coronation, although at the event in May she rode on horseback.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, Anne will accompany Charles to the House of Lords, where he will deliver a speech outlining the government’s legislative plans for the coming session.
Princess Anne will be the king’s personal bodyguard at the official opening of Parliament on Tuesday.
The Princess Royal is set to reprise the role of ‘Gold-Stick-in-Waiting’, after holding the same position during her brother’s coronation in May (pictured)
Anne was given this role as a reward for her loyalty to her older brother, according to reports.
Her Majesty is expected to travel from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday for the King’s Speech. Here he is opening Parliament in his mother’s place last year.
The position is a reward for his loyalty to Charles, with a royal source telling the Mirror: “This is a fantastic addition from the King and further reinforces the Princess Royal’s role as his most trusted lieutenant. “
Anne joined the late Queen for a number of official openings of Parliament when she was younger, but this will be the first time she has entered the chamber alongside the monarch since 1985.
It will be another responsibility for the king’s older brother, who was appointed counselor of state alongside his younger brother, Prince Edward, following Charles’ accession to the throne.
This means that if the monarch becomes ill, is abroad or is unable to carry out her duties, she can step in in her place.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, Charles is expected to wear the imperial crown and state robes. Queen Elizabeth II had worn the same helmet, but later placed it on a velvet pillow next to her because it became too heavy for her.
It hasn’t been confirmed what Anne will wear, but it could be similar to the outfit she wore when she played the same role at the coronation on May 6.
On this occasion she dressed herself in full colonel regalia of the Blues and Royals, under a dress of green velvet, although she dispensed with the latter when she rode away from the Westminster Abbey after the ceremony.
It was reported that Anne was “incredibly honored” when her brother revealed he wanted her to be his personal bodyguard.
The Princess Royal (centre) held the position of Golden Staff in Waiting, leading soldiers from the King’s Household Cavalry of Blues and Royals and Mounted Rescuers at the coronation in May.
Upon her arrival at Buckingham Palace following the coronation in May, the Princess Royal led the royal salute for members of the Household Cavalry.
Princess Anne, Princess Royal, rides on horseback behind the golden carriage carrying the newly crowned King and Queen after the coronation in May.
Britain’s Princess Anne arrives at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles III in London in May this year.
A source at the time stated: “The direction of the king’s decision is clear to everyone.
“It rewards the Princess Royal for her loyalty and unwavering devotion to duty above all else.”
“The king considers his sister a trusted lieutenant and this is the perfect example of such a relationship.”
The Princess Royal wore her Blues and Royals uniform with the Dark Green Thistle Coat and Thistle Collar, Garter Belt, Garter Star, Thistle Star, GCVO Star, Full Size Medals , the KCVO star and the neck decoration of the Companion of the Order of the Bath.
The Thistle cape is made from dark green silk velvet with a white taffeta lining and features a hand-embroidered gold badge and garter blue velvet hood.
After the ceremony, the Gold State Coach carrying the King and Queen was in the middle of a family procession consisting of Household Cavalry soldiers from the Blues and Royals and Life Guards on horseback.
Historically, domestic troops guarded the sovereign and they still fulfill this role today. They were joined by 18 representatives from the countries where Charles is king, who flanked the carriage.
Upon arrival at Buckingham Palace, The Princess Royal greeted members of the Household Cavalry regally, before joining her brother and other working royals on the balcony.
This map shows the route Charles will take in the state opening procession on Tuesday.
Charles will open Parliament as king for the first time following his accession to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.
On Tuesday, Princess Anne will be in the room when Charles delivers his speech outlining the government’s plans for the upcoming session.
The speech, written by the government, will be delivered from the throne in the House of Lords.
However, it should also contain Charles’ personal words about his mother.
When Queen Elizabeth made her first speech to open Parliament in November 1952, she spoke of her late father’s “selfless devotion to duty”.
She had stated that it would be her “constant effort” to follow this standard.
The Queen was following in the footsteps of King George V, who, at the official inauguration in 1911, spoke of the “grave loss” of his father Edward VII.
When the king addressed Parliament last month, he spoke warmly of his mother.
In a royal speech delivered by Lord True, he said: “My thoughts turn first to my beloved mother, the late Queen.
“I would like to thank you for the sympathy and support that has been given to my family and myself from both Houses of Parliament, the country and beyond.
“My mother set an example of selfless devotion and dedication to the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth during her long reign, an example to which I have rededicated my own life of public service during of my accession a little over a year ago.
“I remain deeply grateful for the expressions of loyalty that were offered during this time.”
When the monarch leaves, a new parliamentary session begins, which will see service resume as normal in Parliament.
Members of both houses will then debate the contents of the speech and agree on an “Address in Reply to Her Majesty’s Gracious Speech”.
Each Chamber continues the debate on the planned legislative program for several days, addressing different subjects.