'Happy coincidence': King Charles III coronation date clash is 'definitely not a snub'


    Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birthday falling on the same day as his grandfather’s coronation is a “happy coincidence”, a royal expert has said. Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday that the new monarch, 73, will have his coronation on May 6, 2023.

    Camilla, Queen Consort, will be crowned alongside her husband.

    But the date falls on the same day as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s fourth birthday – something described as a “happy coincidence” by royal expert Katie Nicholl.

    She said: “Having the coronation on Archie’s birthday is definitely not a snub.”

    She added to Entertainment Today: “Obviously, a huge amount of planning has to go into an important moment in history, such as a coronation, and the royal calendar is full of anniversaries and birthdays.”

    She continued that she believes this is “absolutely one of those occasions where it’s a coincidence and hopefully a happy coincidence”.

    Ms Nicholl then added it “remains to be seen” whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the ceremony next year.

    The guest list and expected attendees has not yet been made public.

    Prince Harry, who is the monarch’s youngest son, emigrated to California with wife Meghan less than two years after they tied the knot at Windsor.

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    The ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, as did the coronation of the late Queen.

    Every coronation has been hosted in the central London abbey since 1066.

    King Charles’ coronation will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    The palace said the ceremony will “reflect the monarch’s role today”, focusing on the “future” while simultaneously paying respect to “long standing traditions and pageantry”.

    Buckingham Palace will release further details about the day closer to the time.

    The date also coincides with the accession of King George V, Charles’ great-grandfather.

    He became monarch on May 6, 1910, and held his coronation the following June.

    Royal historian Robert Lacey described the new monarch as facing a “very difficult balancing act”.

    He told the BBC he will face tough decisions on “what to keep, what to abolish, what to alter in a modern way”.


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