The choice of outfits for the royal family and King Charles III’s coronation is going to be very different, the former butler of King Charles claims.
King Charles and Queen Camilla are set to be formally crowned on May 6 as the new King and Queen of the British monarchy.
Grant Harrold, 45, worked for the King from 2004 to 2011, when the now-monarch was Prince of Wales.
“This event is going to be so completely different to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation when it comes to dress codes,” Grant Harrold told Slingo.
“Aristocracy traditionally would wear the coronation robes.”
“If you look at the Queen’s coronation, you would see the dukes, duchesses, countesses all had these special robes that were created for the coronation,” he continued. “Historically, these robes were worn by the aristocracy, but now this will not be the case.”
“For this coronation, most royals will wear suits, not their special robes,” said Harrold, 45, who worked for the King from 2004 to 2011, when the now-monarch was Prince of Wales.
“This is a massive change to royal protocol. The senior members of the royal family decide the royal etiquette and dress code — they are always changing etiquette as they’re the ones who decide all the changes which will then be accepted as another part of the royal protocol,” he shared.
Harrold also said he is sure that the female royals will opt for dresses on the big day.
“I believe the ladies will wear dresses. For the evening event they might wear ball gowns, but during the day they will obviously wear something very smart,” he predicts.
“I don’t think you will see the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Wessex or the Duchess of Edinburgh wear any tiaras. I really don’t think we’ll see that in the dress code because I think the focus will be more on day wear, showing how relaxed the dress code is for the event.”
Kate Middleton recently teased her coronation outfit, saying it will have a “hint of blue.”
“No question, not at all. I also think the King will most likely wear a crown during the ceremony,” he added.