After Queen Elizabeth’s passing, Charles and Camilla became the de-facto heads of the Royal Family. As a result, the new King and Queen have had many new duties and engagements to attend to.
Naturally, this transitional period will be stressful, and it hasn’t bee made easier by the fact Charles’s youngest son, Prince Harry, continues to stand at odds with his family. The Sussexes’ Netflix documentary is now out, and the final three episodes were released on Thursday.
King Charles and Camilla have had a long and joyful relationship. Even so, there are times in any relationship where emotions flare. Just last week was Charles was caught on film losing his temper with Camilla during a visit to Wrexham, Wales.
To the common eye it’s nothing out of the ordinary, and yet, according to one expert, King Charles showing frustration towards his wife could be a sign of an altogether more serious problem …
King Charles and Camilla have been preparing to take over from the late Queen Elizabeth for years. When Her Majesty was laid to rest in September, the couple assumed the pole positions within the British monarchy, along with all the duties and engagements that come with them.
King Charles & Camilla’s coronation
Camilla is now Queen Consort, but in May next year, Charles and his wife will officially be crowned King and Queen.
The UK hasn’t seen a coronation since June 2, 1953, when the coronation of Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey. Next year will see the coronation of King Charles, though, and just days ago, details of the big event were revealed. Interestingly, King Charles looks set to drop an old tradition.
The official date of Charles’ coronation has been set for May 6 at Westminster Abbey. According to a press statement, King Charles’ coronation “will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
“The Coronation is a solemn religious service, together with an occasion for celebration and pageantry,” the statement read.
Earlier reports suggested it might occur on the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation – or the day after, on June 3.
Yet though it’s now set to take place slightly earlier in the year, the date still holds special significance for Royal Family. Perhaps not for King Charles, but certainly for his son, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle.
May 6 will mark the 4th birthday of Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie.
“Camilla has done really everything she can”
How the couple reacted to the fact that Charles’s coronation will be on the same date has not yet been revealed. Neither has it been confirmed whether Harry and Meghan will be invited.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Harry and Meghan will be in the UK to attend the coronation. She told Entertainment Tonight that King Charles and Camilla would want them there.
“Behind the scenes, Camilla has done really everything she can to try and bring this family back together, and press the importance of trying to move on from this rift, and I think she would be very pleased, as would the king for Harry and Meghan to be at the coronation,” she said.
“It remains to be seen whether or not they attend. But of course, it will be down to the Sussexes to make the ultimate decision as to whether they’re going to come over for King Charles’ coronation on May 6.”
In 1954, when the Queen was crowned, the event was huge. According to the official royal website, more than 8,000 guests attended Westminster Abbey for the coronation. In addition, an incredible 129 nations were officially represented.
As tradition dictates, the monarch was presented with many gold objects, including a robe, bracelets, and spurs.
The Queen’s crowning was a fabulous and significant event. However, King Charles is reportedly veering slightly away from tradition and doing things differently.
According to the Daily Mail, he will dramatically decrease the number of guests to just over 2,000. Also, certain ancient traditions – the presentation of the Orb and Scepter, for example – will be shortened to about one hour. According to the Mail, the Queen’s coronation lasted about three hours.