The coronation of King Charles III was one of the most significant events in recent memory. More than 2,000 people attended the ceremony. Official invitations were sent out, but who was important enough to have made the cut? Spoiler: not everyone we would expect to see there was invited. The guest list was an eclectic mix of people from all over the world, including celebrities, dignitaries, and everyone in between. So who attended the historic event? And which famous faces didn't make an appearance?
Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales
Naturally, members of the House of Windsor were all in attendance. Unsurprisingly, Prince William was present at his father’s coronation — and played a key role. He and his wife, Kate Middleton, were part of the King’s Procession, which walked from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey after the service. William was allegedly heavily involved in the planning of the event, too. According to The Sunday Times, the heir to the throne also had a special moment; he kneeled and pledged allegiance to Charles and then touched the St Edward’s Crown and kissed his dad’s right cheek.
Little Prince George also had a very big role in King Charles’ coronation. According to an official announcement from the royal family, he was selected as one of eight Pages of Honor. They were part of the procession through Westminster Abbey during the ceremony. A Kensington Palace spokesperson for William and Kate said, “We’re all very excited about Prince George’s role in the coronation, it will be an incredibly special moment.” Ahead of the coronation, royal expert Tessa Dunlop also told OK! magazine about George's other important role. She explained, “Apparently, Charles has been practicing walking in his robe and one of George's jobs is to make sure his grandfather doesn't fall," a role George pulled off quite well!
Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte
Also in attendance were the other younger members of the royal family, including Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. They may not have had a key role like their older brother, but they sure provided us with some entertaining facial expressions throughout the ceremony, as they often do.
On Wednesday, April 12, Buckingham Palace announced that Harry, Duke of Sussex, was indeed attending the coronation of his father, King Charles. It marked the first time the public has seen Harry with other members of the royal family since the publishing of his bombshell memoir, Spare. According to a friend of Harry’s, he was eager to be there for his father on this monumental occasion. Since the Duke of Sussex is no longer a working royal, he didn't have an official role in the ceremony.