The Prince and Princess of Wales are ‘thinking’ whether Prince George will play a role in the coronation, sources say.
According to The Telegraph, Prince William, 41, and Kate Middleton, 40, are considering how their eldest son, the heir apparent, will play a part in the event.
The pair are thought to be considering what would be best for the nine-year-old given the “attention he will inevitably receive at an event covered by the media around the world.”
Meanwhile, his younger siblings Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, are expected to attend the coronation as spectators.
It comes after a royal expert claimed Prince George will be a “focus” of the king’s upcoming coronation as part of the palace’s efforts to draw attention to the immediate line of succession.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are ‘thinking’ whether Prince George will play a role in the coronation, sources say – while Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will attend as spectators
Dr. Tessa Dunlop appeared in the last episode of the Daily Mail’s Palace Confidential series next to diary editor Richard Eden.
During the 30-minute program, the experts spoke with host Jo Elvin about King Charles’ coronation in May and what role the wider royal family will play.
While Dr Dunlop said working members of the company are expected to appear in the procession, the expert claimed the focus will be on King Charles, Prince William and Prince George at Westminster Abbey.
She explained, “(They) want to keep it focused on that line of succession.
“So we’re going to see a lot of CCTV from Charles, from William, from George.”
Dr. Dunlop then referred to the Queen’s coronation in June 1953, where the spotlight was placed on her heir.
For the occasion, King Charles – who was five at the time – sat between the Queen Mother and his Aunt Princess Margaret to make him as visible as possible.
Richard Eden described how the coronation is ‘all about King Charles’, adding: ‘We will see other working members of the royal family playing a prominent role.
‘We’ll see them in the procession to Westminster Abbey. They will not participate in the ceremony as such, but what you will see is a program of events across the country involving all working royals.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to be considering what would be best for the nine-year-old given the ‘attention he will inevitably receive at an event covered by the media around the world’
“So that all the different parts of the UK feel part of the coronation and of course (we’ll) see them on the balcony of Buckingham Palace where all the royals will be working together.”
King Charles would like his coronation to set the tone for a streamlined and modern monarchy, retaining some of the pomp and circumstance that stunned the world at the Queen’s imposition and burial ceremonies.
The historic ceremony on May 6 begins with Camilla’s coronation, before Charles is officially declared monarch when the Archbishop of Canterbury places the St. Edward’s Crown on his head.
A procession will then lead the newly crowned king past thousands of people to Buckingham Palace, where he and his relatives will wave to the crowd on the balcony.
The pundit says Prince George (pictured on Christmas Day 2022) will be a ‘focus’ of the day as part of the palace’s effort to draw attention to its immediate line of succession
Dr. Tessa Dunlop says Prince George will be visible at the coronation, just as King Charles (pictured) was for his mother in 1953
The next day at Windsor Castle, a concert will be broadcast around the world, with thousands of street parties as people in the afternoon. This is followed by a public holiday on Monday, during which millions of people get the day off.
According to the TimeKing Charles and the Queen Consort – who will drop the title of consort after the coronation – will reportedly sit down with the Prince and Princess of Wales in the coming weeks to discuss George’s involvement.
Royal sources told the publication that William and Kate are both keen on George being implicated in an official capacity, provided he is not subject to overly scrutiny.
The insider said: “It sends a nice signal and is quite a bold move. It’s another example of how the King and Queen’s consort isn’t afraid to shake things up a bit to reflect the realities of modern life, of which a blended family is a central element.”