The coronation of King Charles descended into chaos after rehearsals for the historic occasion ran significantly past schedule.
Royal aides and palace staff are working overtime to ensure the historic event runs smoothly to mark the official start of King Charles’ reign. Fears that the coronation could spill over, causing the nation to become extinct, are rife as the countdown to the big day continues.
There are just over three weeks left until Charles is crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6, as organizers face a race against time to ensure the details are finalized. There has also been a lot of speculation about Prince Harry’s attendance, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to confirm their attendance.
The presence of the Duke and Duchess is just one of many issues facing palace officials, as royal insiders have revealed a host of “major issues” surrounding the coronation. The Mirror reports that there is a catalog of issues for staff members to address before the big day, including:
Sources told the publication that the king and queen consort practiced their roles for the day inside a “model abbey” which was specially built inside Buckingham Palace.
Insiders fear Charles could stumble during the coronation after the king reportedly noted how heavy his official robes are. In recent days, master craftsmen have been recruited to build a ramp up to the two throne chairs so that the king has no trouble getting to his seat.
A source pointed out that the indecision between the households had also led to rows over what tiaras royal women would wear. They added: “Senior royal women were only made aware of the outfits this week, prompting a rush to finalize fitting arrangements.”
It was previously reported that the disgraced Prince Andrew was not told if he was allowed to wear the grand velvet robes and glittering regalia denoting his position as a Knight of the Garter. The Duke of York paid £12million in an out-of-court settlement to Virginia Giuffre last year, and was later barred from appearing alongside the late Queen in her final appearance at the traditional Garter Day procession in Windsor.
Insiders added that Andrew was “furious” that not only was he missing out on a central role at the celebrations, but he might also be forced to wear a simple costume for the event.
An insider said: “To be frank, everything is very frantic, complete chaos. There is a plan, which is supposed to be the blueprint for how the day should work, but things change daily, which causes huge headaches.
Other royal sources tried to calm the anxiety last night, saying: ‘It’s fair to say it will happen on the wire, but there is great confidence that everything will go as planned on the day.
“It’s naturally a huge event and the important point is that everyone is pulling in the right direction. The King and Queen Consort want it to be perfect and so do everyone involved, that’s why everything is done. for it to be so.
Coronation plans seen by the Mirror showed the service starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 12.45 p.m., with the King’s procession leaving the Abbey and returning to Buckingham Palace at 1 p.m. Charles was reportedly keen to have a larger procession through central London, but was persuaded against this by senior aides.
Our source added: “Everything has to be planned to the minute and such overruns would be a disaster. The program schedule, the cars, the balcony appearance and the RAF flypast are planned by the minute, so everything is incredibly stressful.
“If the service is too long, or too complicated, the television audience will die out and that could be devastating. (We) want to create a sense of majesty and Charles and Camilla have seen months of protests from a growing Republican movement.”
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