Royal Coronation breaks tradition with unprecedented inclusion of Camilla’s grandchildren

Queen Consort Camilla’s five grandchildren from her first marriage will play a prominent role in King Charles III’s coronation, scheduled for May 6, 2023.

Lola Parker Bowles, 15, Freddy Parker Bowles, 13, Eliza Lopes, 15, and twins Louis and Gus Lopes, 13, will be holding a canopy over Camilla’s head during the anointing with holy oil.

The five teenagers, who are not official members of the royal family, have been deliberately kept out of the spotlight by their parents, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, until now.

The inclusion of Camilla‘s grandchildren is a significant break from tradition, as the role has previously been performed by duchesses, titled members of the British aristocracy.

The move is part of a ceremony that “will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” according to the palace.

The teens enjoy a close relationship with their grandmother, who they affectionately call “GaGa,” and with King Charles III, who married Camilla in 2005 before they were born. Charles has always been close to his step-grandchildren, and the queen has mentioned how he would read “Harry Potter” to them and do impersonations of the different characters.

Breaking tradition for the King’s coronation

In another break with tradition, 9-year-old Prince George, the son of Prince William and the next in line for the throne, may also have a prominent role in the ceremony. Previously, the monarch’s young heirs have merely watched the ceremony from the congregation.


According to royal sources, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will be on the coronation guest list, despite their fractured relationship with the rest of the royal family, but they have not yet confirmed whether they and their children, Archie and Lilibet, will attend.

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