Prince William handed key Coronation role as King Charles ramps up preparations

The Prince of Wales and the Archbishop of Canterbury
The Prince of Wales and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pay homage to the King at the Coronation
Cameron Walker

By Cameron Walker

Published: 19/04/2023

- 18:46

The King will celebrate his Coronation on May 6

The Prince of Wales and the Archbishop of Canterbury will personally pay homage to The King during the Coronation ceremony next month.

The official souvenir programme names His Majesty's oldest son, Prince William, and Archbishop Justin Welby as those who will "swear their fealty" after King Charles is crowned inside Westminster Abbey on 6th May.

Details printed in the official Buckingham Palace booklet state The King "receives the Homage from the Archbishop of Canterbury, and The Prince of Wales, who swear their fealty, and the Benediction, consisting of prayers publicly affirmed by the congregation".

It is understood The Prince of Wales plans to take part in future Coronation rehearsals.

King CharlesKing Charles is preparing for his CoronationReuters

Traditionally, royal dukes kneel before the monarch to pay homage to them. They also touch the crown and kiss the sovereign's right cheek.

Buckingham Palace has not confirmed if other royal dukes will join the heir to the throne to pay homage to The King.

The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Kent and The Duke of Gloucester could all join in the tradition, but a source previously told The Sunday Times that Prince William will be the only royal to perform the role.

Prince Harry has confirmed he will attend his father's historic Coronation service but is not expected to carry out any official role.

His wife, Meghan, is staying behind in California with their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

Prince Archie is celebrating his 4th birthday on the day of the Coronation.

It is understood the information in the Programme is a flavour of what to expect and isn't comprehensive.

Further information is expected to be released by Buckingham Palace closer to the time.

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