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Coronation of Charles III: that’s why it falls on Archie’s birthday

Now the date has been set: May 6, 2023, Charles III. celebrate his coronation. But why this day? An expert provides the answers.

The question has been open for a month: when will Charles III be. officially crowned king? Almost exactly 30 days after Queen’s death

Elizabeth II now has an answer. The coronation ceremony will take place on May 6, 2023, an important day in many ways.

It is the day George V became king in 1910. On May 6, 1935, Elizabeth II’s grandfather finally celebrated her 25th anniversary from the throne with a ceremony in the heart of London. Also part of the Windsor story: Princess Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones. Elizabeth’s sister got married in 1960 – and on May 6.

In an interview with t-online, royal expert Thomas Kielinger considers these historical parallels to be significantly more relevant than another connection that is now highly debated. Because on May 6, 2023, Archie, the son of Prince Harry, will celebrate his fourth birthday. Critics of the royal family feel a calculation or even a deliberate provocation behind the palace’s decision. A theory that Kielinger fails to understand: “It’s completely absurd,” he judges when asked by t-online.

“This thought played no part in the planning of the royal family,” says the author of the biography Elizabeth II: The Life of the Queen. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is the sixth in the line of succession to the British throne after his uncle, Prince William, his children George, Charlotte and Louis and his father Harry, so he is not a completely irrelevant appendage of the royal family in the hierarchy.

Thomas Kielinger sees it differently. “Harry and Meghan voluntarily resigned and gave up their privileges of their own free will. The umbilical cord of the royal family has since been severed.” There are much more important things to consider on a date like the coronation ceremony. According to Kielinger, the king and his wife Camilla must first consult with the British government. If this gives its blessing with Prime Minister Liz Truss at the helm, Datum and all associated organizational challenges can be met.

Among other things, lists of potential guests for the coronation are being prepared. As t-online has already reported, plans for the upcoming ceremony are significantly leaner than on June 2, 1953, when more than 8,000 people were guests of Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. Presumably only about 2,000 guests should be invited. It remains to be seen who exactly will be among these and which royals or heads of state will have to settle for the television.

Harry, Meghan, Archie and little Lilibet, on the other hand, will certainly be invited, explains Thomas Kielinger. “None of them are persona non grata,” he says, adding, “There’s a good chance they’ll attend the coronation as a family of four.” Will Grandpa Charles give the birthday boy a special honor? Rather unlikely, according to Kielinger. The day will be entirely dedicated to the coronation – and therefore to Charles III. move to the center. Only one other protagonist has already been determined for this historic day.

“Coronation day is also the day Camilla becomes queen,” says Kielinger. A look at the history books shows that this is not unusual. Queen Elizabeth, later known as Queen Mum, was anointed and crowned during her husband’s coronation in 1937.

According to the royal family website, it is part of the tradition: “A king’s consort is crowned with the king in a similar but simpler ceremony.” This was not the case with Prince Philip on June 2, 1953. “The Prince Consort does not have this role in the crowning of a queen,” Thomas Kielinger ranks the difference for t-online.

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