Prince William’s Role in King Charles III’s Coronation Revealed

Prince William will play a special role in the coronation of King Charles – find out what he’ll be doing.

So, what will his duties entail? Prince William will have a big job during King Charles III‘s coronation. According to the coronation liturgy shared by the Church of England, the Prince of Wales will present the king with the Stole Royal and the Robe Royal during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6.

As the church’s website noted, the Stole and Robe Royal “represent what The King, as Sovereign, has been given by God.” Just as how Queen Elizabeth II had a stole made for her coronation in 1953, King Charles III is having a stole commissioned for his big day. According to the website, the scarf will feature “significant Christian iconography, including the gridirons of St Lawrence,” and palm branches. 

The robe itself also has quite a bit of history. According to the Royal Collection Trust, the item—which is made of gold cloth and features patterns of “foliage, crowns, fleur-de-lis and eagles with colored roses, thistles and shamrock”—was first made for the coronation of King George IV

Prince William is set to pay homage to his father King Charles at the coronation.

The Prince of Wales, who is heir to the British throne, will step forward at Westminster Abbey on May 6 and pledge his loyalty and allegiance to the King during the historic ceremony.

Soon after King Charles is crowned midway through the ceremony, Prince William, 40, will kneel before King Charles, 74, and place his hands between the hands of the King and say: “I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth I will bear unto you, as your liege man of life and limb. So help me God.”

The Prince of Wales’ words — called the Homage of Royal Blood — echo the vow made by his late grandfather Prince Philip to his wife Queen Elizabeth in 1953 when he also vowed to be her “liege man of life and limb.”

The “words of fealty” and Prince William’s role has been confirmed in the liturgy of the coronation service released by the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.

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