Prince William steps up in his father’s coronation planning as the ceremony modernises

As King Charles III's coronation is being planned and prepared ahead of 6 May, the royals are being urged to make the ceremony less archaic and imperial.

The Prince of Wales has taken an active role in the planning of his father's coronation, and it has been recommended that previous "archaic", "feudal" and "imperial" elements be dropped from the ceremony.

The Prince, who is likely to also have a place in the 6 May ceremony itself, is expected to join those on the King’s coronation committee in the coming months to help set the tone for the event.

Prince William will have an active advisory position, taking a keen interest in the ceremony and how it reflects modern Britain.

Plans for “Operation Golden Orb” have been in the draft stages of years, with a committee made up of members of the clergy and historians.

It has confirmed the date and venue of the King’s ceremony and specified that the Queen Consort will be crowned alongside him.

But while the Duke of Edinburgh took a keen interest in the 1953 coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the new Queen Consort is understood to not be taking the same role.

The Prince and the Princess of Wales are likely – but not confirmed – to have a role in the Westminster Abbey event, with discussions currently under way about how it can be modernised and shortened from the spectacular celebrations for the late Queen.

It is not known if the Duke of Sussex will have any part of the ceremony, since he is no longer a working monarch.

Those reported to be involved in preliminary planning over the last eight years include the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Dorking, and Sir David Cannadine, the historian.

Plans will be informed by an assembly of constitutional experts, including University College London’s Constitution Unit – which has produced a new paper making recommendations for the coronation.

Royal sources have previously insisted that, until the late Queen’s death, the King’s inevitable future coronation had “deliberately been kept unplanned to ensure it can best reflect the climate at the time at which it happens”.

In February, after the late Queen specified her wish that her daughter-in-law Camilla would one day be known as “Queen Consort”, palace sources said it would be “rude” to talk about any details of her future coronation.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace has previously said: "The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry."


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