King to hold ballots for coronation attendees ‘Not just rich’

King Charles' coronation set for May 6 alongside Camilla

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Speaking on a recent episode of Palace Confidential, royal experts discussed the upcoming royal coronation. Aside from the slimming down of the monarchy, it has now been reported that attendees of the service could have to “enter a ballot” to get a ticket as King Charles III could be set to slimline the guestlist to the crowning service next year.

Luke Blackall, who stood in for Jo Elvin as this week’s host, said: “You did also say that some of the senior people, Lords and Ladies, may have to enter a ballot to even get a ticket this time around.”

The Mail on Sunday’s assistant editor Kate Mansey replied: “Well, last time you had all the hereditary peers.

“The system has changed quite significantly since then.”

She continued: “I think now you’re going to have, well, what’s been told to me, you’ll have these ballots where only a few of those sort of people will go.

“Taking up their the empty places will be people from charities, you know, more ordinary folk if you like.

“[People from] a much more diverse background, not just lots of, you know, rich white people”.

Mr Blackall added that it “should be an absolutely fascinating spectacle”.

It was earlier reported that the number od guests will be reduced from 8,000 to 2,000.

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Guests will also be expected to wear suits and dresses, instead of ceremonial robes.

There have also been suggestions that the service could last just one hour rather than over three hours.

The Government and the royal household will be conscious of the scale of the event, particularly in the light of the current cost-of-living crisis.

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The date of the coronation sparked fury amongst fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes as May 6 will mark their son’s, and Charles’ grandson, fourth birthday.

American royal commentator Lee Cohen spoke to express.co.uk and stated that the date of the coronation would likely have been chosen as it “fit the calendar” and “not necessarily in any connection to Archie’s birthday”.

The service is set to take place at Westminster Abbey, the same location where the late Queen’s coronation was held in 1953.

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