King Charles' coronation clash with Archie's birthday could be 'opportunity' to heal rift


    On Wednesday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley spoke to former royal press sec Ed Perkins. The discussion comes after Buckingham Palace announced the new monarch’s coronation will take place on May 6 next year. However, with this being the same day as Archie’s birthday, Ed suggested this could be an opportunity to bring the family together.

    Buckingham Palace recently revealed that His Majesty King Charles III’s coronation will take place on May 6 next year at Westminster Abbey.

    Conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the ceremony will see the new monarch crowned alongside Camilla, Queen Consort, nearly eight months after ascending the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

    With the coronation reportedly set to be a more slimmed-down occasion than the Queen’s in 1957, the guest list is expected to be down from 8,000 to 2,000.

    However, it’s unclear whether those guests will include his youngest son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle as the coronation falls on the same day as their son Archie’s birthday

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    “We’ll have to see, I think anyone who says that they know they won’t attend is a big pinch of salt I’d say.” 

    Elsewhere in the discussion, the presenters spoke more about the concept of a slimmed-down coronation and what the nation may expect to see.

    Along with a cut-down guest list, Charles is expected to ditch the royal gowns and opt for a less formal approach which will see people in suits and regular dresses.

    Richard informed viewers that the ceremony may also be cut down from three hours to one, the same length as his mother’s funeral.


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