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The roles royal family members will have at King Charles’ coronation

Who will take centre stage at the coronation and who will be excluded?
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King Charles and Queen Camilla are shining a spotlight on their extended families, with their shared grandchildren set to take centre stage at the coronation.

But the biggest supporting role in the coronation proceedings was King Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, with the Princess Royal acting as the King’s Gold-Stick-in-Waiting.

Under this role, Princess Anne is in charge of protecting King Charles’ safety on coronation day. She is the first woman ever to lead the procession of armed forces personnel behind the royal carriage on horseback.

Prince George had a special role at the coronation.

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Third in line to the throne, Prince George, had a starring role in the coronation as Page of Honour, holding his grandfather’s robes as he entered and exited Westminster Abbey.

Looking at history books, previous coronations have seen heirs watch the proceedings from the congregation.

In fact, four-year-old Prince Charles stood with his aunt Princess Margaret and his grandmother the Queen Mother as he watched his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II be crowned.

So, what will change for George more than 70 years later?

Charles and Camilla are known to have a particular fondness for their youngest grandchild Louis.

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Meanwhile Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, joined their parents behind their grandfather and step grandmother in procession to Buckingham with other members of the royal family.

Royal watchers were previously anxiously waiting for confirmation that the young royals would be attending the ceremony, however it was seemingly confirmed when they all attended the rehearsal days before the real thing.

Meanwhile, Prince William performed the act of homage by kneeling before his father, touching and kissing the King on the right cheek. This move was just one of many breaks in tradition.

Prince Harry will no official role at the coronation but may yet confirm his attendance.

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Queen Camilla has been crowned and her teenage grandchildrenLola, 16, Eliza, 15, Louis and Gus, 14 and Freddy, 13 – had a part in the coronation, despite not having a drop of royal blood in them.

Like George, the grandchildren were also Pages of Honour. But the five teenagers also held a canopy over their grandmother as she was anointed with holy oil during the most sacred part of the ceremony, a role that has traditionally been performed by other duchesses.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex – who walked in alone behind Princess Beatrice – did not have an official role in the proceeding given he stepped back from his working royal duties in 2020.

His wife, Meghan Markle and their two children, Archie and Lilibet were not in attendance. It is presumably because the coronation falls on Archie’s fourth birthday and due to the children’s young age.

Who made the cut for the balcony shot?

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As for what will be a history making and an iconic moment for the photographers of the world, is the balcony moment at Buckingham Palace.

As to those who would join King Charles and Queen Camilla has been restricted to working members of the royal family including William, Kate and their three children – George, Charlotte and Louis – alongside Prince Edward and his wife Sophie (the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh) alongside Princess Anne and her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

The Duke of Kent (both Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin) and Princess Alexandra (Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin), alongside the Duke (another cousin to the late Queen) and Duchess of Gloucester will also be making an appearance.

A disgraced Prince Andrew has reportedly been ”banned” from the balcony alongside Prince Harry.

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