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All about the plans for the coronation of Prince Charles and Camilla

Details have recently surfaced about what Prince Charles is planning for his coronation alongside Camilla, which aims to show how Britain has changed since Queen Elizabeth was crowned.

Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation was on June 2nd, 1953 and though she wasn’t destined to be a monarch, she has 70 years on the throne. During the coronation ceremony, the goal was to reflect the nation and empire of the time, especially what the people wanted or needed after the First World War, using an estimated £1.57 million (around £46 million today).

Even though the Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, the Coronation of Prince Charles and Camilla is being planned under the codename Operation Golden Orb and wants to show how much Britain has changed in the last 69 years, according to the Daily Mail.

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You might find interesting: Why Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t destined to rule, and how did she get there

Here are some answers to the most common questions:

When will Charles be king of England?

Charles will automatically become King of England the moment after Elizabeth’s death is announced, according to the line of succession. However, he will not immediately receive the Crown. A time after the Queen’s death and funeral, plans for Charles’ coronation will begin.

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The plans for the Coronation are being done in a way to prevent any further strain on the Commonwealth and is just a part of the protocol.

That being said, Charles can only become king of England when his mother, the Queen, abdicates (renounces from the throne), retires or passes away. Nevertheless, Queen Elizabeth has stated that she will never abdicate to the throne of England, so only time will tell when Charles can become king.

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What will happen with Camilla?

The popularity of Camilla has never been the best, so when she married Charles in 2005, royal aides said she would become Princess Consort, instead of Queen Consort.

The last time there was a Queen Consort crowned was in 1937, with Elizabeth, the Queen’s mother sat alongside King George VI. Prince Philip, as a male consort, was not entitled to be crowned and stayed with the title of Prince Consort.

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However, the Queen has stated that she wishes her son, Prince Charles, will be the next King next to his wife Camilla, and that she will be known as Queen Consort.

You might find interesting: Will Camilla’s children get a title once she becomes Queen consort?

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It seems unlikely that Camilla will get the title of Queen Consort, because of two reasons: 1) The legislation only recognizes the marriages of the royal family done in the Church of England, so their civil marriage is not valid to get the title; 2) Camilla has not gotten the title of Princess of Wales because of public opinion, and something similar could happen with the title of Queen Consort.

So, the future title of Camilla remains unclear, and depends on Prince Charles when the time comes.

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The Coronation

The Coronation of the English monarch remains the only event of this type in Europe and has a lot of religious symbolism.

It will be scaled-back (in comparison to the one for Queen Elizabeth) and will be done at Westminster Abbey. It will also be “shorter, sooner, smaller, less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths” explained an anonymous source to the Daily Mail.

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It will remain an Anglican service, with the vows unchanged, so the details of how this will happen are still unclear.

The number of guests will be limited for the Royal family, with even fewer protectorates (representatives from a State that is controlled and protected by another). The guest list is also reduced because of States that have been declared independent from Britain since 1953.

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It is expected that Charles and Camilla, alongside Kate and William (and their children) appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony afterward.

For this event, the Prince of Wales will choose his regnal title (aka, his name as King, similar to the Pope). So, he can become King Charles, King George VII, King Philip, or King Arthur.

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