Prince George, second in line to the throne, would “break with tradition” if he took an active role in the succession. Coronation of King Charlessaid Dr. George Gross, Visiting Fellow in Theology at King’s College London. The expert noted that it is not at all unusual to see young children attend the coronation, and cited the current Kinghis mother and his grandfather as examples.
However, it would be novel to see such a young royal taking an active part in the event, which will be watched by millions around the world.
Dr Gross told Express.co.uk: “It’s not new for children to be present at the service, when the current monarch was Prince Charles as opposed to King Charles, he was there and so was the late Queen, and indeed her Father, she were all present at coronations as young people, so it is not unusual.
“There is no formal role for them as relatives and children are typically in the royal box.”
Discuss what role could be assigned Prince George if the Prince and Princess of Wales agreed for their son to be actively involved in the event, Dr Gross said: “He can act as a sort of page.
“But because there’s nothing formal, they’d create something — not a new role, he’d do something that someone else would have done, like wear a robe, but I don’t think it would be more than that.
“It would be a break from tradition if he played an active role.”
Officials will likely avoid creating an entirely new role for Prince George, Dr Gross explained, because they have to perform a difficult “balancing exercise” between all the elements to be included in the coronation and the length of the service.
The coronation of the king will probably not last as long as the one in 1953 Queen Elizabeth IIwhich lasted three hours.
New spins on the traditional service, Dr. Gross added, are more likely to focus on musical choices, which don’t add to the length of the service.
Rumors that Prince George, who turns 10 in July, may be taking an active role in the coronation began circulating in late February, following claims that Kate and prince william were “contemplating” whether their eldest child would be included in the upcoming historic ceremony.
Author Tom Quinn previously told Express.co.uk “there’s a bit of a debate going on” about whether George should play a more formal role in his grandfather’s coronation.
He added: “I’ve heard that Kate and William are afraid it will be too much for him.”
The presence of the young royal family at the coronation does not seem to be in doubt. Plans for the coronation procession, which traditionally follows the service at Westminster Abbey, were leaked in March.
The plans published by The Times suggested Prince George and his siblings Princess Charlotte And Prince Louis are ready to join their parents in a carriage procession that takes them from London Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
According to these plansthey would follow the newly crowned King Charles and Queen Camilla, leading the Gold State Coach.
Dr. Gross and Dr David Crankshaw, lecturer in the history of early modern Christianity at King’s College London, are leading research into the ‘British coronation project c.973-present— a comprehensive analysis of what these events reveal about our past, our present, and ourselves.