Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to Join Coronation Carriage Ride: Report
Plans have been drawn for the three children of Kate Middleton and Prince William to take part in the carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace following the coronation of their grandfather, King Charles, according to a new report.
The Times reports that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis "are expected to join their parents" and be on "public display" in a horse-drawn carriage as it leaves Westminster Abbey at the end of the crowning ceremony, which will take place on May 6.
While there has been speculation that Prince George, 9, will have a role in the service as second in line to the throne, it hasn't been officially confirmed whether he, Princess Charlotte, 7, or Prince Louis, 4, will be at the historic event.
PEOPLE understands that the Prince and Princess of Wales are still considering what, if any, part their children will play. The details featured in The Times story are based on a rehearsal document seen by the publication.
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Samir Hussein/WireImage Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Kate Middleton
According to the plans, the newly-crowned Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla will be ahead of William, 40, Kate, 41, and their children in the procession.
They will be seated in the Gold State Coach, which the late Queen Elizabeth said in a 2018 TV conversation with Alastair Bruce was a bone-shakingly "horrible" ride when she was carried through the streets of London as part of her coronation celebrations in 1953.
Also in the procession, The Times reported, citing the rehearsal document, will be the other senior working royals — Princess Anne and her husband Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and Sophie; and the late Queen Elizabeth's cousins: the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
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After the procession, the royals will gather at Buckingham Palace, where some will appear on the iconic balcony to be saluted by the crowds in the Mall below.
Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, where William and Kate have their office, declined to comment to PEOPLE.
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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George
There is some precedent for Prince George and Princess Charlotte (who will turn 8 just a few days before the coronation) to appear in the procession, as they took part in the funeral of their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth in September. Prince Louis was not seen in public on the day of the funeral.
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The family of five all appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony twice during Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, marking her 70 years on the throne, alongside other royals. The royal kids also have some experience in a carriage procession — as part of Trooping the Colour, the monarch's annual public birthday event, all three children made their carriage ride debut.
Samir Hussein/WireImage Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte
After the coronation, a concert will take place at Windsor Castle the following day, while street parties and other festivities will take place under the auspices of the Big Lunch throughout the weekend.
The following Monday, people are being encouraged to volunteer locally as part of the Big Help Out project.