Why King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla's coronation was 'deliberately' kept 'unplanned'

King Charles III and Queen Camilla's coronation on May 6 is only being properly planned by the Palace now, according to a royal insider

Why King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla's coronation was 'deliberately' kept 'unplanned'
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The Palace kept King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla's coronation next May 'deliberately unplanned' until recently, a royal insider has revealed.

The organization of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla's coronation is underway "in earnest" after being "deliberately" left "unplanned" a royal insider has claimed. 

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Monday that the royal couple will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023, ending previous speculation that the ceremony would fall on the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

It has now been suggested that the details for Charles and Camilla's coronation were tentative for years before Her Majesty's death, to allow royal aides to plan a service that would best reflect "the climate" of the times. 

"The Coronation has deliberately been kept quite unplanned, unlike the Bridges program [Operation London Bridge, for the late Queen’s death] to ensure it can best reflect the climate at the time at which it happens," a source told the Telegraph.

Charles and Camilla

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"Now is when the planning will begin in earnest, and people at the palace will be acutely aware of and wanting to reflect tradition whilst being sensitive to the issues around today." 

One of the major talking points surrounding the coronation is Camilla's potential crown, which is likely to be the same one used at the Queen Mother's coronation in 1937. 


Queen Mother's crown, which contains the Koh-i-Noor diamond 

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The extravagant headpiece contains the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond, which was acquired by the East India Company in 1849 before being presented as a gift to Queen Victoria. Despite demands from India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan that the stone is returned to their respective countries over the years, the British government insists it legally acquired the jewel under the terms of the Last Treaty of Lahore. It remains unknown whether or not Camilla will wear the divisive garland, but it looks like alternative options – such as having a new crown specially made – are now on the table. 

"At this stage, it’s entirely possible that the Koh-i-Noor will be in or out," the source added. "Bluntly, people will be wondering whether they really want a row over a diamond right now." 

Emma Dooney
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