Prince Charles is the next monarch of England following Queen Elizabeth II’s death at 96. He’s chosen the title King Charles III, and while his mother’s anointment came 16 months after her accession, the king will reportedly go to Westminster Abbey no later than three months after the queen’s death, as per The New Yorker.
Charles’ coronation ceremony has been planned under the code name Operation Golden Orb, though details about the same are notoriously scarce. As per The Mirror, the king’s coronation ceremony will be markedly different from the lavish one the queen had 70 years ago.
Camilla, his wife, will be crowned beside him after Charles’ mother named her Queen Consort this year.
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As per the British publication, Charles is hoping for a “far cheaper” coronation than the one Queen Elizabeth had, which cost her around £1.57 million then, which is now the equivalent of £46 million. The number of guests is also expected to be slashed by three quarters, The Mirror reported and cited a royal insider saying that Harry, who’s stepped back from the Royal Family, and his wife, American actor Meghan Markle, might not join Charles on the balcony of the Buckingham Palace after the event.
King Charles III is expected to ensure his coronation is more representative of groups of different communities and faiths.
At 73, Charles has become the oldest British monarch after holding the record as the longest-serving heir apparent to the throne. When the queen’s health was failing, Charles took on more responsibilities of the Royal Family, but he doesn’t enjoy as much popularity among the British people due to the series of scandals he’s been involved in, including cash for honours and accepting a charitable fund donation from Osama Bin Laden’s family.
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After Queen Elizabeth’s death, King Charles said “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”, adding, “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world world”, and continued, “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”