Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Prince George to carry sword at Coronation ‘protect’ King Charles

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Prince George will be one of four sword-wielding Page of Honour metaphorically protecting his grandfather the King as he is officially crowned.

Kate, the Princess of Wales and Prince William are “very excited and delighted” that Prince George will have a role at the Coronation, a spokesperson for the couple said.

The spokesperson said William and Kate had spent a long time considering whether their son should have a role at the ceremony.

They told People earlier this month: “It’s something that his parents have thought long and hard about and are very much looking forward to – and I’m sure George is, too.”

George will be donning a red coat, white breeches and stockings as he joins the Coronation procession through Westminster Abbey.

He will be joined by 13-year-old Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, whose parents are close friends of His Majesty and the Prince of Wales; distant relative Master Nicholas Barclay, 13, and Master Ralph Tollemache, the son of the King’s godson Edward Tollemache.

Queen Camilla’s own grandsons, 13-year-old twins Gus and Louis Lopes and 13-year-old Frederick Parker Bowles, and her great-nephew Arthur Elliot, 10, will serve as her pages of honour.

Among their roles, the eight boys will be in charge of holding the robes of some of the leading figures joining the King and Queen Consort in their procession.

George’s sister, Princess Charlotte, and younger brother Prince Louis are also expected to be included in the procession but no official role has been confirmed so far.

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The Waleses’ three children have seen their public appearances increase exponentially over the past year as their parents have sought to include them more and more in family events.

The trio made their Trooping the Colour debut last June, when they escorted mum Kate and Camilla to Buckingham Palace ahead of the traditional ceremony.

They then stole the spotlight at the Platinum Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace – with Louis winning over the nation with his shenanigans. 

George, Charlotte and Louis also attended Easter service with other members of the Royal Family last Sunday at St George’s Chapel.

Prince George had earlier appeared with dad William at a Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest in Birmingham.

Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk noted George appeared to be particularly close to his father to the point of mimicking him repeatedly.

She said: “Mirroring, or postural echo, is a form of mimicry that can signal like-minded thinking, empathy, and even admiration or hero-worship.

“When George was smaller he could be seen deliberately copying his dad, looking very much like the chip off the old block.

“Now he is older, that mimicry looks from these pictures to have intensified.

“He dresses like William and the pair respond to the sporting action in ways that are at times identical, even when those responses look spontaneous.”

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