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Prince George & siblings to be in procession

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Prince George. Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales will take part in the Coronation of King Charles III in May, according to Valentine Low, royal correspondent for The Times.

The Coronation will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.

It is understood that three children will "join their parents in a carriage behind the King and Queen, who will be in the Gold State Coach."

Low, who has seen the rehearsal plans, writes that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Duke York and his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will not be a part of the procession as none are working royals.   The procession will be limited to the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh (not their children), the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy.

There will be only three carriages in the procession, "bearing members of the royal family, that will follow the Sovereign's Escort. " 

Low also reports that the Duke of Sussex's children, Prince Archie, who will celebrate his 4th birthday on May 6, and 21-month-old Princess Lilibet have not been invited to Coronation, as they are too young for the ceremony.  The Princess Royal was nearly three years old when her mother was crowned. 

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 Charles,  who was four and a half years old, sat with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, during the service and was not in the carriage procession.  A nanny brought the Duke of Cornwall to the Abbey.  

The procession will be "significantly smaller" than Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953. The route will also be shorter.

The Coronation Procession, according to acclaimed royal biographer Hugo Vickers, "will be "a greatly paired-down procession."

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