Buckingham Palace has announced Prince George will play an official part in his grandfather's coronation by taking on the role of page of honour at the 6 May ceremony, which will see King Charles officially crowned.
Both Charles and Camilla will have four pages each. Camilla's will be her three grandsons — Gus and Louis Lopes and Freddy Parker-Bowles alongside her grandnephew Arthur Elliot.
Joining George will be Lord Oliver Cholmondeley — whose father was a page for Queen Elizabeth —Nicholas Barclay and Ralph Tollemache, with all of the three other pages are said to be children of the King's friends.
The pages will take part in the procession through the nave at Westminster Abbey, and are understood to hold their positions for a couple of years afterwards, which may mean that George also attends his grandfather at other important formal occasions, like the state opening of parliament.
George is also the youngest member of the Royal Family to be selected as a page of honour or to have an official role in a ceremony like the coronation at just nine years old.
Which other royals are going to the coronation?
All the 'working' royals will be in attendance and are believed to be taking part in the procession back to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony – though nothing has been officially confirmed.
As it stands the working royals are: the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Anne, the Princess Royal and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
It is believed the procession will be far smaller than the one the late Queen enjoyed in 1953.
Eugenie and Beatrice, alongside their cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips are expected to be in attendance with other members of the extended family, but it is unlikely they will play an official role in the service.
Harry and Meghan confirmed through their spokesperson that they have been invited to the coronation, but have yet to officially confirm whether or not they plan to attend: the coronation service will take place on the same day as their son Archie's fourth birthday.
In a break with tradition, Charles has invited foreign monarchs to his coronation, something which hasn't happened for centuries.
Speaking to the Daily Mail a source explained that this rule was instituted because "a coronation is meant to be a monarch’s private event with God", but that Charles inviting royals from Scandinavia, Jordan and Oman — amongst others — was "a good bit of soft power and diplomacy".
Will other royals be taking part in the coronation ceremony?
The senior royals will make the procession back to Buckingham Palace with the newly crowned King and Queen and George will be acting as a page of honour, however the palace has yet to announce what, if any, other roles the Royal Family will be taking on.
The Sunday Times reported some months ago that one section of the ceremony — paying homage — had been adapted so fewer members of the Royal Family would be taking part in it.
William is reported to be the only royal duke who will pay homage to Charles after he is anointed and invested as monarch, meaning that Andrew and Harry wouldn't have an official role in proceedings.
He, therefore, could be the only person to kneel and pledge to be the King’s “liege man of life and limb”, before then touching the crown and kissing the monarch’s cheek.
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