The Prince and Princess of Wales are ‘mulling over’ whether Prince George will have a role in the coronation, sources have claimed.
According to The Telegraph, Prince William, 40, and Kate, 41, are considering how their eldest son, the heir to the throne, will play a role in the event.
The pair are thought to be thinking about what would be best for the nine-year-old, given the ‘attention he will inevitably get at an event covered by media across 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 ‘mulling over’ whether Prince George will have a role in the coronation, sources have claimed – while Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will attend as spectators
Dr Tessa Dunlop appeared in the latest episode of the Daily Mail’s Palace Confidential series alongside Diary Editor Richard Eden.
During the 30-minute programme, the experts spoke to host Jo Elvin about King Charles’s coronation in May and what roles the wider Royal Family will play.
Although Dr Dunlop said working members of The Firm – as the the Royal Family is nicknamed – are expected to appear in the procession, the expert claimed the emphasis 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 camera shots of Charles, of William, of George.’
Dr Dunlop then referenced the Queen’s coronation in June 1953, where her heir was placed in the spotlight.
For the occasion, Charles – who was four at the time – was seated between the Queen Mother and his aunt Princess Margaret to make him as visible as possible.
Describing how the coronation is ‘all about King Charles’, Richard Eden added: ‘We will see other working members of the Royal Family taking prominent roles.
‘We’ll see them in the procession to Westminster Abbey. They won’t be taking part in the ceremony as such, but what you will see is a programme of events around the country involving all the working royals.
William and Kate are thought to be considering what would be best for nine-year-old George, given the ‘attention he will inevitably get at an event covered by media across the world’
‘So that all the different parts of the United Kingdom feel part of the coronation and of course, [we’ll] see them on the Buckingham Palace balcony where it’ll be all the working royals together.’
King Charles is understood to want his coronation to set the tone for a streamlined and modern monarchy, while retaining some of the pomp and majesty that stunned the world during the Queen’s lying-in-state and funeral ceremonies.
The historic ceremony on May 6 will begin with Camilla’s crowning before Charles is officially named as monarch when the St Edward’s Crown is placed on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A procession will then lead the newly crowned King past thousands of people to Buckingham Palace, where he will join members of his family on the balcony to wave at the crowd.
An expert says Prince George (pictured on Christmas Day 2022) will be a ‘focus’ of the day as part of the Palace’s efforts to draw attention to the immediate line of succession
Dr Tessa Dunlop says Prince George will be visible at the coronation, just like King Charles (pictured) was for his mother’s in 1953
The next day, Windsor Castle is set to host a concert that will be broadcast around the world, with thousands of street parties in the afternoon. This will be followed by a Bank Holiday on Monday, with millions of people set to get a day off work.
According to The Times, King Charles and the Queen Consort – who will drop the consort title after the coronation – will reportedly sit down with the Prince and Princess of Wales in the coming weeks to discuss George’s involvement.
A Royal source told the newspaper that William and Kate are both keen for George to be involved in an official capacity, provided he’s not subjected to excessive scrutiny.
The insider said: ‘It sends a nice signal and is quite a bold move. It is another example of the King and Queen Consort being unafraid to shake things up a bit to reflect the realities of modern life, of which a blended family is a central element.’
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