Coronation Guest List : Who Will And Won't Go To Charles III's Coronation

King Charles III coronation guest list

King Charles III and Queen Camilla's Coronation Ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6, 2023, will be one of the biggest and most historic events in 2023.

The King's Coronation will have a relatively modest number of guests, only 2,200, compared to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in June 1953 with 8,000 guests.

Coronation Guest List : Who Will And Won't Attend at Charles III's Coronation

"For centuries, royal custom dictated that no other crowned Royals should be at the Coronation of a British monarch because the sacred ceremony is intended to be an intimate exchange between the monarch and their people in the presence of God", explained the Mail On Sunday. 

"But as part of his plan to bring the ceremony up to date, King Charles has decided to move on from the 900-year-old tradition by inviting his crowned friends, including European royals and rulers from Arab states".

It would be one of the grandest gatherings of royals around the world. The following royals have confirmed their attendance at the ceremony.

Foreign Royals

The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, and his wife, Princess Charlene, were the first foreign royals to confirm attendance.

Crown Prince Fumihito of Japan
Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko of Japan

Japan will be represented by Emperor Naruhito's younger brother, Crown Prince Fumihito, accompanied by his wife, Crown Princess Kiko.

The Danish Royal Family will be represented by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary as Queen Margrethe II will continue to recuperate from her back surgery.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will attend the ceremony and will be accompanied by his daughter, Crown Princess Victoria.

King Felipe VI of Spain, whose mother, Queen Sofia, is King Charles III's second cousin, will attend the ceremony accompanied by Queen Letizia.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium also confirmed their attendance. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands have not yet confirmed their attendance but will most likely to attend.

Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will attend the ceremony. Greek Royals, Queen Anne-Marie, her son Crown Prince Pavlos, and his wife, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, also confirmed their attendance. Their patriarch, King Constantine II, who died in January this year, was the closest cousin of King Charles III.

Norwegian Royals will be represented by Crown Prince Haakon and his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Crown Prince Haakon is King Charles III's third cousin through King Edward VII.

King Charles III's second cousin once-removed, Crown Princess Margaretha of Romania, will attend the ceremony accompanied by her husband, Prince Radu. Their other cousin, Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, is expected to attend also.

The House of Windsor

Questions loom about whether the King's younger brother, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will be at the Coronation ceremony, but royal insiders revealed Prince Andrew will attend the ceremony, however, it was not certain if he will be allowed to wear his ceremonial robes.

The King and Queen followed by The Princess Royal and The Duke of York on Easter Sunday

Buckingham Palace confirmed that the king's youngest son, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will attend the historic Coronation at Westminster Abbey without his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

The palace officially confirmed that the controversial Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, would not be attending the ceremony and will remain in California with her children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet while her husband, the Duke of Sussex will join the Royal Family in the celebration.

British Royals attend Church Service at St. George's Chapel

So what could be the reason for her exclusion? Is it Meghan's decision not to attend the ceremony or was she not invited? It's hard to speculate but we know how tense the relationship of Meghan is with the Royal Family. 

Sarah, Duchess of York, and the Queen's dogs - Muick and Sandy
Sarah, Duchess of York, and the Queen's dogs - Muick and Sandy

Another member of the Royal Family who did not receive an invitation according to the reports is Sarah, Duchess of York. She is the former wife of Prince Andrew, and despite finalizing their divorce in 1996,  Sarah remains a member of the British Royal Family and still living in the Royal Lodge with the Duke of York.

Traditionally, royal dukes are the first to pay homage to the newly-crowned King during the Church service at Westminster Abbey. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children

Currently, there are only five royal dukes in the United Kingdom - The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Gloucester, and The Duke of Kent - however, only three of them are working royals - The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Gloucester, and The Duke of Kent.

Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent is the most unique of them all. He would be the only royal duke who paid homage to the newly-crowned British monarch twice. He was 17 when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952. 

Prince George of Wales, who currently stood as third in line of succession to the British throne will serve as page of honor to his grandfather.

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