It has been confirmed that King Charles’s eldest grandchild, Prince George, will take on a special role, Page Boys, at his coronation on 6 May.
New updates from Buckingham Palace this week revealed a number of details about the historic event – including George’s participation.
The nine-year-old is one of four Pages of Honour to the King, Page Boys, along with the children of family friends, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, 13, Nicholas Barclay, 13, and Ralph Tollemache, 12.
The Queen’s Pages of Honour, meanwhile, will be her grandsons Gus and Louis Lopes, 13, and Freddy Parker Bowles, 13, and her great-nephew Arthur Elliot, 10.
Given the King and Queen’s desire to include their families at the coronation, why is it that Prince Louis and Prince Archie have not also been given official roles?
Quite simply, it’s likely down to their ages. Prince Louis, who won over the nation with his cheeky appearance at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, is just four years old and, given the sheer scale and importance of the event, the King and the Prince and Princess of Wales no doubt felt it would have been too much for the little boy.
The same is true of his younger cousin Archie, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son. He will celebrate his fourth birthday on 6 May – the same day as the coronation.
Since the Sussexes have made their permanent home in Montecito and stepped back as working royals, very little has been seen of Archie in public – he did, however, make appearances in the couple’s Netflix series.
As such, an official role at the coronation would have been incredibly daunting.
Of course, it is still not known whether Harry and Meghan will attend the event – although, it seems, they have now sent their RSVP.
Royal watchers are speculating that either Harry will attend by himself, or with wife Meghan. An appearance from their children Archie and Lilibet seems increasingly unlikely, particularly in light of the fact Harry has said he believes it is “too dangerous” to bring his children to the UK.