King Charles III to break royal tradition with coronation ceremony and much 'slimmer monarchy'

King Charles III is hoping to hold a smaller coronation ceremony and scale back the Royal Family in light of the UK cost-of-living crisis

King Charles III to break tradition with coronation ceremony and much 'slimmer monarchy'
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King Charles III will break royal tradition with his plans for a 'slimmed down monarchy' and a shorter coronation ceremony in light of the cost-of-living crisis, according to an inside source. 

King Charles III plans to hold a "shorter and smaller" coronation ceremony in light of the cost-of-living crisis, a royal insider has revealed. 

It's understood that the 74-year-old is determined to scale back his highly-anticipated crowning, which will take place at Westminster Abbey sometime next year, in light of the cost-of-living crisis facing millions of people in the UK. 

The news follows previous reports that Prince Charles has wanted to 'cut down' the Royal Family to save money for the taxpayer for a long time. 

"The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long-held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world," a source told The Daily Mirror

The date of King Charles III's coronation ceremony has yet to be announced, but it's expected to go ahead in 2023. The new monarch's crowning usually takes place within 12 months of their ascension to the throne, meaning we could be looking at a spring or summer ceremony for the eldest of the Queen's children.  

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With budget high on Charles' list of priorities as King, his enthronement is likely to look quite different from that of his late mother. Queen Elizabeth II's coronation took place in 1953 and cost a total of £1.57m, the equivalent of £46m in today's money. The lavish ceremony was also relatively time-consuming, lasting about three hours from start to finish. 

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Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953

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Charles' coronation "will be shorter, sooner, smaller, less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths," a source has since told The Telegraph. Charles is also apparently hoping to streamline the Royal Family once he is crowned, having "long been an advocate" of a "slimmed down monarchy." 

The reports for the King's cost-cutting strategy are possibly a response to the criticism faced by the Royal Family for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June, which was funded by an allocated amount of £28m of the taxpayer's money. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.