The British King Charles III. according to a report, wants to invite more guests to his coronation in May than initially planned. The Telegraph reported on Sunday that the palace was in talks with Westminster Abbey officials on how to expand capacity at the church, citing an inside source as saying they hoped "to get a few more in". Previously, there had been talk of 2,000 invited guests - a much smaller scope than at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 70 years ago with around 8,000 guests.
In an effort to make his coronation on May 6th as inclusive and modern as possible, Charles, 74, is said to want to invite many representatives from non-profit organizations and people who represent today's diverse Britain, according to the "Telegraph". Royals and politicians from all over the world are also on the guest list.
Anything different than Queen Elizabeth II?
The "Telegraph" also reported at the weekend that Charles and his wife Camilla (75) could choose a different, simpler carriage than the 260-year-old golden state carriage to travel to Westminster Abbey.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, this has been used at every coronation since 1821, but Queen Elizabeth II once described it as rather uncomfortable. According to the Telegraph, however, the carriage should be used on the return trip so that onlookers can catch a glimpse of the streets.
According to the Times and Mail on Sunday, Camilla's grandchildren will play a key role in the coronation ceremony, as will Charles' grandson George (9), who may one day ascend the throne himself.
With the coronation, a new era will dawn in the UK in May: This could also be reflected in the naming of Camilla. The Telegraph and Mail on Sunday both reported, citing palace sources, that the Palace no longer referred to Charles' wife in communications and the royal diary as "Queen Consort" ("King's Consort"), but simply as "Queen" (" Queen") could designate. The latter designation was previously reserved for Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September - although with the addition of the first name, "Queen Camilla" is already being spoken of.