Queen Camilla could face public backlash for latest coronation shakeup

There is always talks about whether or not Queen Camilla’s children and grandchildren should be involved in the Royal Family.

Queen Camilla allegedly pushing for her grandchildren to have key role in King Charles’ coronation
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Queen Camilla allegedly pushing for her grandchildren to have key role in King Charles’ coronation

There was a lot of speculation about whether or not Queen Camilla’s children were going to get titles when Charles becomes King. As it turns out, they didn’t. The next question is, will her family play a part in the coronation? It seems like the Queen Consort would like that.

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Queen Camilla pushing to include her grandchildren in coronation

Queen Camilla’s family from her first husband has often been a source of speculation. Indeed when Queen Elizabeth’s health was deteriorating, many were curious whether or not Camilla’s children would get titles (hint: they didn’t).

According to reports, Queen Camilla is pushing to give her grandchildren, King Charles’ step-grandchildren, a role in the coronation. The Queen Consort allegedly wants her five grandchildren - who are all teenagers - to hold the canopy over her head as she is anointed with holy water.

Traditionally, this is carried out by duchesses. As reported by Express, a source said:

The Queen Consort has said she does not want duchesses. She would like it to be her grandchildren. It’s a significant decision given the fact Camilla's grandchildren have been largely shielded from the spotlight over the years.

Another source told The Times:

It sends a nice signal and is quite a bold move. It is another example of the King and Queen Consort being unafraid to shake things up a bit to reflect the realities of modern life, of which a blended family is a central element.

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Mixed feelings about the 'blended family' on the internet

As with any decision made by the Royal Family, it has been met with mixed feelings. Some believe it is good that Queen Camilla wants to include her grandchildren in the sacred ceremony. One user wrote on Twitter:

It’s a very personal part of the ceremony. Having her grandchildren do this, is a lovely idea.

While another commented:

I think it's beautiful. Her family deserves to be a part of THEIR special day and ceremony.

However, not everyone shares this family sentiment. On Twitter, several Royal Family fans have already criticised the Queen Consort for the alleged decision and the public backlash could grow.

Many have pointed out that this is favouring Camilla's grandchildren instead of King Charles' own grandchildren and nieces.

One user wrote on Twitter:

Can anyone explain why Camila's grandchildren are given a place in the coronation and nothing is mentioned about the Royal children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that are Charles grandchildren.

Some have pointed out that it seems fine for Charles and Camilla to break traditions but not for Prince Harry and Meghan. One user wrote:

Odd... here I thought breaking traditions was like... a crime.

Prince George is rumoured to have a role in the coronation

In related news, reports also suggest that Prince William and Kate would like for their eldest child - and future heir to the throne - to have a role in King Charles’ coronation.

It is believed that the Prince and Princess of Wales want young George to take part in the coronation as long as ‘he’s not subjected to excessive scrutiny’ as reported by Express.

Royal historian Hugo Vickers told The Times:

Bringing George in also sends all the right symbolism for the future and gives him something he will always remember. It is certainly different — this coronation is getting more interesting by the minute.

Sources used:

Express: ‘Camilla wants her teenage grandchildren to play key role in holy oil ritual at Coronation’

Deadline: ‘Prince George Set For Role At King Charles’s Coronation, In Break From Royal Precedent’

The Times: ‘Camilla’s grandchildren to star in King’s blended family coronation’

Queen Camilla's family sparks controversy with prominent role in King Charles' coronation Queen Camilla's family sparks controversy with prominent role in King Charles' coronation