Charles set for balcony debut as King – with William and Kate by his side

Charles set for balcony debut as King – with William and Kate by his side

King Charles is set to make his first Buckingham Palace appearance as the monarch alongside notable royals including Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Queen Consort, Camilla, it has been announced.

The coronation of the new King, who took over from the late Queen Elizabeth following her death, will be held at Westminster Abbey.

Conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the enormous event will take place on 6 May, with celebrations continuing until 8 May, the Palace has confirmed.

On 7 May, a special coronation concert will be held and broadcast live at Windsor Castle from the BBC, with several thousand tickets made available via a public ballot.

Coronation street parties and lunches are also expected to happen throughout the weekend.

A palace spokesman said: "Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort hope the Coronation Weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families and communities across the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

"Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023."

On the coronation itself, the spokesperson continued: "It is solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry.

"Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s Procession’.

"After the Service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession’.”

"Their Majesties will be joined in this procession by other Members of the Royal Family, will appear on the balcony to conclude the day’s ceremonial events,” they added.

It’s yet to be announced whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make an appearance at the coronation, though, as after the release of Netflix’s Harry & Meghan and the Duke's explosive memoir, a family reunion is doubtful.

During his interview with Tom Bradby on ITV, Harry said of the event: "But, the door is always open. The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they’re willing to sit down and talk about it."

According to a close source who spoke to The Sun, Harry will not be welcome at the once in a lifetime event.

"There have been discussions among the family, including Edward and Anne,” they explained.

"They do not want private conversations at the Coronation making it into the paperback edition of Spare."

Some of the Sussex’s biggest critics have also hit out at the idea they would attend the coronation, with one writing: “They make money out of selling their family down the river. I think it should be made clear that the British people do not want them there."

“If they dislike the Royal Family so much why would they attend the Coronation?” another quipped.


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