King Charles will be officially crowned at his coronation in May, and the lavish event is expected to be “more inclusive” after recent royal controversies over a host of cultural topics.
Royal expert Jennie Bond has revealed how the ceremony will also be more “inclusive, relevant and less archaic” than the coronation of Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth, in 1953.
The 74-year-old’s scaled-down coronation will “reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry”, the former correspondent said. BBC to OK! magazine.
Bond, 72, added that the coronation is “clearly going to be a big event” and could even be “bigger than the Queen’s funeral in terms of state attendees”.
The Queen died in September 2022 and her eldest son immediately ascended the throne after her passing.
Bond claimed how hard Charles worked to make the event a more modern affair and even planned it alongside his wife and ‘guardian angel Camilla’.
“When we saw him give his first speech as king, we saw this change in tone – to be king is his solemn duty,” she said.
“He clearly felt the weight of the work on his shoulders and it will show during the coronation. It will be a little less of the stiff, old-fashioned formality mix, but it will retain the basic structure of something hugely important happening,” Bond continued.
The British journalist also claimed the ceremony would be a symbol of “unity” amid tensions within the royal family between estranged son Prince Harry, wife Meghan Markle and other son Prince William.
Despite their troubled relationship with the Firm, Markle, 41, and Harry, 38, scored an invitation to the coronation.
“Events such as the coronation, which will be both a joyous and solemn occasion, do much to boost the popularity of the monarchy,” Bond explained. “There will be millions watching the pageantry, so great cheer goes up for the monarchy on these grand occasions.”
Charles’s enthronement is due to take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presiding. The guest list was limited to just 2,000 attendees and the date was declared a UK bank holiday.
However, the ‘more inclusive’ sentiment about the king’s coronation also comes amid racial controversy surrounding the royal family.
In the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March 2021, they claimed a family member wondered how dark their son Archie’s skin would be.
In December 2022, Lady Susan Hussey – William’s godmother and an honorary member of the Royal Household – came under fire for a racist comment she made to Ngozi Fulani at an event. Hussey, 83, later quit.
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