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Commons officials have reportedly expected less than half the number of guests to attend the coronation of Charles III later this year compared to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, and many are “disappointed”.
Some 3,000 dignitaries are expected to be invited to what will be one of the biggest events of the year, some of the 8,000 guests who attended the Queen’s coronation more than 70 years ago, senior parliamentary sources said. I was told
Having to decide who not to invite to one of the most popular get-togethers these days poses a major diplomatic headache for the government.
Last year it became clear that the King wanted a simple coronation, and Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the ceremony would retain “long-standing tradition and pomp” while also capturing “the spirit of our times”. Said to reflect
However, a senior Commons source confirmed that the palace had instructed to keep guest numbers to no more than 3,000, possibly 2,000.
“We are still waiting on the details of the plan, but the attendance is expected to be around 3,000 people, so we had to put up scaffolding to accommodate all kinds of people, and the last time we had to do that. It wasn’t about 8,000,” the source said. .
“That means far fewer people, so we have to think about who gets invited and who doesn’t.
“A lot of people will be disappointed,” the source added.
The May 6 event will include U.S. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and the Prime Minister of Japan. Major foreign leaders will be invited. Fumio Kishida.
Prince Albert of Monaco became the first foreign royal to confirm that he and his wife Princess Charlene will attend the coronation earlier this week.
However, Charles is said to have rejected the idea of a ‘price cut’ coronation due to his eagerness to showcase ‘UK plc’ on the world stage.
The event is seen by many as an opportunity to restore Britain’s international reputation, which was hit hard in the immediate aftermath of the Queen’s funeral last fall.
A nation admired worldwide for the pitch and tone of its funeral saw its global image tarnished when Liz Truss’ economic plans plummeted markets and she was forced out after just six weeks. I got
Rishi Sunak described the event as “a unique moment for the country”. Put the country back in the spotlight.
But one area the King is willing to scale back is attendance numbers, forcing organizers to make tough decisions about who to cut from the guest list.
For the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953, Westminster Abbey reached four times its official capacity.
The King is crowned with the Queen, is anointed, receives the orb, coronation ring, scepter and is crowned with the Crown of St. Edward.
The timeless plan for the ceremony is in line with the King’s aim to become a more modern monarch, with the profits from the £1 billion annual Crown Estate wind farm contract being used “as a financial aid to the wider monarchy.” Not as a public interest.