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UK: King Charles’ Coronation Invitation Released, Camilla Gets New Title

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King Charles III will be officially crowned next month. The invitation to the coronation reveals the new official title of Camilla, ‘Queen Camilla’, which shows a change from ‘Queen Consort’ title. The couple will be crowned in the 6th May coronation ceremony. The invitation shows how Camilla will be addressed after the coronation ceremony. 

Very intricately and elegantly illustrated invitation is printed on recycled paper that is sent to around 2,000 guests from “King Charles III and Queen Camilla”. Camilla’s grandchildren will be among the pages at Westminster Abbey, alongside the King’s grandson, Prince George.

A new official photo of the royal pair, taken in the Blue Drawing Room in Buckingham Palace, was also released a month before the coronation ceremony. 

Inspired by the years of King’s campaigning devoted to environmental causes, the illustration in the invitation features the folklore figure of the “green man” along with artworks made from ivy, hawthorn, and oak leaves. It is considered a symbol of spring and rebirth, celebrating a new reign, according to Buckingham Palace.

The illustrations for the coronation invitation, designed by Andrew Jamieson, also feature images of the world’s flora and fauna, including wildflowers, birds, and insects, as well as national and heraldic emblems.

According to royal experts, initially it was appropriate for Camilla to use the title of “Queen Consort”, to distinguish her from the late Queen Elizabeth. The coronation, they say, is an “appropriate time” to officially call her “Queen Camilla”. Next month, at the coronation service, Camilla will be crowned as Queen alongside King Charles, after 18 years of marriage. 

The late Queen Elizabeth gave a public endorsement for Camilla, saying she should be addressed as Queen Consort, amid suggestions that she should have the title of Princess Consort.

With the coronation just a month away, it is still not clear whether the invitation for Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will be accepted or not. As per the spokesperson of the pair, there has been no news even to this week regarding the couple’s affirmation of the invitation. 

The White House stated that US President Joe Biden will not be attending the event and informed the King on phone on Tuesday that First Lady Jill Biden will attend the coronation as a representative of the US.

A statement said, “The President also conveyed his desire to meet with the King in the United Kingdom at a future date.”

Last week, the King completed his first state visit, which was in Germany, and now the priority of royal affairs is only preparation for the coronation. Friends and relations of children have been assigned their roles in eight “pages of honor” announced to take part in the ceremony.

This includes the nine-year-old son of Prince William, Prince George, and three grandchildren of the Queen Consort’s, Gus and Louis Lopes, Freddy Parker Bowles as well as her great-nephew Arthur Elliot.

It is followed by the Cabinet Office announcing another photo of the King, in public places such as council offices, courts, police stations, and schools can apply for a framed photograph of King Charles.

The Cabinet Office will not hand over the breakdown of the contract for the framed photos while the details would be “announced in due course”.

The government expenses for the event will only be released after the coronation event.

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