As the world eagerly awaits the coronation of King Charles III, questions have been raised about where the guests will be seated during the ceremony.
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The seating plan has been a topic of much speculation, particularly when it comes to the positions of Prince Harry, Prince William, First Lady Jill Biden, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Prince Harry, who is no longer a working member of the royal family, will be attending his father’s coronation but will not have a role in the ceremony. He will be seated in the congregation at Westminster Abbey alongside other relatives, observing the proceedings. This is in stark contrast to his older brother, Prince William, who is next in line to the throne and will kneel at his father’s feet during the ceremony, placing his hands between the monarch’s and swearing his loyalty to him, “as your liege man of life and limb”.
Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden is in London to represent the United States at the coronation, marking the first time an American president has sent a representative to a British coronation. Mrs. Biden will be accompanied by her granddaughter Finnegan and is expected to engage in some soft diplomacy while in London, including meetings with Akshata Murty, the wife of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and veterans and their families participating in a health and wellness program.
French President Emmanuel Macron will also be in attendance at the coronation, but it is unclear where he will be seated. It is expected that he will sit in a position of honor, given the close relationship between France and the United Kingdom.
As for the seating arrangements for the British royal family, it is expected that Prince William and his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales, will attend together and make an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony following the ceremony. The rest of the royal family will also be in attendance, including Prince Andrew, who had his titles removed in 2022 following his sexual misconduct scandal.
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The seating plan for the coronation is a closely guarded secret, and details have not been made public. However, it is expected that the guests will be seated according to their rank and status, with the most important dignitaries sitting closest to the throne.
As the world watches and waits for the coronation of King Charles III, the seating plan remains a topic of fascination and speculation. All eyes will be on Westminster Abbey on Saturday as the ceremony unfolds and the guests take their places.