Following months of speculation, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry will attend the coronation of his father King Charles III on May 6.
Although Harry is set to make an appearance, the Palace revealed his wife Meghan Markle and their two children will not be in attendance.
“Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th,” the palace said in a statement.
“The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”
News of Harry’s attendance follows a flurry of recent announcements regarding the historic coronation ceremony, with the official coronation portrait of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla recently revealed.
The new photograph of Their Majesties was taken in March in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
“As the countdown to the Coronation continues, a new photograph of The King and The Queen Consort, taken last month in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, has been released,” Buckingham Palace said in a post to social media.
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In addition to the new portrait, the Palace also shared the invitation for the coronation, which will be sent to more than 2,000 guests, who will constitute the congregation in Westminster Abbey.
“The official invitation for the Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort has been revealed,” the Palace announced in a statement.
“Designed by Andrew Jamieson, the invitation features the motif of the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore, symbolic of spring and rebirth, to celebrate the new reign.
“Their Majesties’ arms, the emblematic flowers of the UK, and a British wildflower meadow and wildlife are all included on the design, which was hand-painted in watercolour and gouache, and will be reproduced and printed on recycled card, with gold foil detailing, for the 2,000 invited guests.”
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Royal fans were treated to further details regarding the upcoming coronation, with the Palace also confirming Prince George is set to play a significant part in his grandfather’s coronation, as he will be among the four pages responsible for assisting the King throughout the proceedings.
“Throughout the Coronation Service on 6th May, Their Majesties will each be attended by four Pages of Honour. The Pages will form part of the procession through the Nave of Westminster Abbey,” the Palace said in a statement.
“The King’s Pages of Honour will be His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Master Nicholas Barclay and Master Ralph Tollemache.
“The Queen Consort’s Pages of Honour will be Her Majesty’s grandsons, Master Gus and Master Louis Lopes and Master Freddy Parker Bowles, and Her Majesty’s great-nephew, Master Arthur Elliot.”
Buckingham Palace had previously announced that the coronation ceremony will be held on May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey and like his predecessors, Charles will be crowned in London’s Westminster Abbey where the Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the service.