Queen Camilla will wear Queen Mary’s crown at King Charles’ coronation, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The crown was removed from display at the Tower of London for alteration work ahead of the ceremony in May.
Queen Camila, as she will be crowned, will take her place at King Carlos III’s side at his coronation in May. The late Queen Elizabeth II said it was her “sincere wish” that Camilla should assume her title.
The Queen stressed as much in a message published on the eve of her 70th day of accession in February last year. In it, the Queen thanked the nation for the “loyalty and affection” received from her during her long reign.
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He added: “And when, in the fullness of time, my son Carlos becomes king, I know they will give him and his wife, Camila, the same support they have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her loyal service.”
Announcing the date last year, in a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The ceremony will see his Majesty King Carlos III crowned together with the Queen Consort.
“The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while also taking root in long-standing traditions and pageantry. More details will be announced in due course.”
Security will be increased on the day. Palace insiders told the Mail on Sunday that the Duke of Norfolk, who as Earl Marshal has the responsibility of organizing the ceremony, was tasked with making it simpler, shorter and more diverse. “The King has removed much of the coronation in recognition that the world has changed in the last 70 years,” a source told the newspaper.