Prince William to ‘flex his muscles’ ahead of Charles’s coronation

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Prince William has been tipped to “flex his muscles” in the run-up to the Coronation of King Charles III taking place next year. The Prince of Wales may play a similar role to the one embodied by his grandfather Prince Philip seven decades ago, at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, constitutional commentator and author Catherine Pepinster said.

While taking part in the webinar titled Planning for the next Coronation, and the new Reign hosted by UCL’s The Constitution Unit, Ms Pepinster was asked who she believes will have the final call when it comes to the upcoming Coronation should any disagreement emerge.

She replied: “If you look back to 1953, there were effectively two committees, there was the lead committee and then the second committee which carried out the work that the first one wanted to happen.

“The leading figure, the person who had the real clout in 1953, was the Duke of Edinburgh.

“I am wondering if we might see the new Prince of Wales, Prince William, taking a similar role this time.”

She added: “I suspect we will be seeing Prince William flexing his muscles here and he will be somebody who is pushing, I think, to see the Coronation quite considerably modernised.

“But at the same time, I think the funeral of the Queen showed that people do respond to traditional events, with a dash of modernity, rather than throw the whole baby out with the bathwater.”

Ms Pepinster added another figure who has traditionally played a key role in organising coronations is the person holding the title of Duke of Norfolk.

She said: “The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, has always been a leading figure in planning the coronations and I think he is very much to the fore at the moment.” 

Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace announced the Coronation of the new sovereign will take place on May 6 next year. 

Providing a few details, the statement read: “The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.

“The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry. Further details will be announced in due course.”  

As it has happened over the past nine centuries, the historic event will take place at Westminster Abbey and Charles will be crowned and anointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

While Buckingham Palace hasn’t officially released information about the length of the Coronation, it has been widely reported the event will be shorter than those that happened before. 

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, which took place on June 2 1953, lasted approximately three hours while her father King George VI’s was almost five hours long. 

Asked how long she expects King Charles’s Coronation to last, Ms Pepinster said she believes it will be closer to 90 minutes than the hour-long affair it has been reported. 

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