King could host service for those who missed out on Coronation invite

The King could be set to host a special service for those who missed out on an invitation for his Coronation on May 6. It is royal tradition for monarchs to host a second service, following the main one, for “those irked at not getting into the Abbey”. The late Queen Elizabeth II “kept up the tradition” in 1953 – but is is as yet unclear if King Charles III will follow suit

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In his latest column for the Daily Mail, Ephraim Hardcastle wrote that George V held a “thanksgiving service in St Paul’s for more than 2,000 guests”.

At his actual coronation, which took place in 1911, he was able to “fit only 7,139”.

This prompted him to want to host another service for those who didn’t attend the main event.

Hardcastle questioned if King Charles might repeat this tradition, given the “profusion of uninvited Coronation attendees will prompt [him] to continue the royal tradition”.

He added: “But where is the marquee large enough to accommodate the new King’s overflow?”.

The late Queen, who was crowned at Westminster Abbey in June 1953, also followed this tradition – despite having 8,251 guests at her actual coronation.

The final guest list for the King’s Coronation was formalised by the Government in February – with thousands missing out on an invitation as he cut the invite list down to just over 2,000.

Those in attendance on May 6 will be part of a much more slimmed-down ceremony than the one held in 1953.

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In February, it was claimedthat out of the 780 members of the House of Lords, less than 100 are expected to be invited.

The Sun previously reported that only the most senior Cabinet ministers, Privy Councillors and opposition leaders were expected to receive an invite.

On May 6, many foreign monarchs are expected to attend the King’s Coronation.

Members of the Royal Family such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, their three children, Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will be in attendance.

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The King’s youngest son, Prince Harry, will also be in attendance.

Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, will stay in California with couple’s two children – Archie and Lilibet.

The Palace confirmed the couple’s plans for May 6 earlier this month.

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