King Charles will make major change to Coronation and will not wear old-fashioned costume on historic day

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KING Charles has been told to break with centuries of tradition and drop the wearing of silk stockings and breeches at his Coronation.

The monarch, 74, has opted to wear military uniform instead when he is crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

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Our mock-up of what Charles would look like in breaches
Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in 1953

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Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in 1953Credit: Hulton Royals Collection – Getty
The King's coronation is expected to be smaller than the Queen's

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The King’s coronation is expected to be smaller than the Queen’sCredit: Getty

A source said: “Senior aides think breeches look too dated.”

The King wants his coronation to represent the “modern 21st century monarchy” so will not wear old fashioned stockings and breeches.

Although Charles74, was prepared to put on the garb his grandfather and great-grandfather wore to be crowned, his aides reckon it would look outdated.

But dismissing claims the coronation at Westminster Abbey will be a “scaled down affair”, sources have promised a glittering ceremony that will “knock your socks off”.

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There is, however, trouble brewing with the 2,000-strong guest list in the House of Commons — as only two dozen MPs are set to be invited out of 650.

Downing Street and Buckingham Palace are working together on who gets a ticket — but no decision has yet been taken on whether prince harry and wife Meghan are invited.

An insider said: “Though some of the more long-winded elements of the Coronation will be moved aside or modernised, the King was happy to wear the breeches and stockings.

“But in discussion with senior aides they are saying he should not wear them, so will arrive in a military uniform instead.

“It is largely to do with modernizing the Coronation and stripping away the stuffiness.

“They think having a 74-year-old King arriving in stockings and breeches in 2023 looks too dated. They are probably right.”

Charles’s grandfather King George VIgreat-grandfather King George V and great-great-grandfather King Edward VII are recorded wearing the old-fashioned get-up.

But the tradition is believed to go back even further.

Charles is expected to arrive in a military uniform, possibly of the Admiral of the Fleet, which he wore to the State Opening of Parliament last May.

He will also be dressed at the ceremony in ermine fur and will wear both the Imperial State Crown and St Edward’s Crown at different points.

It has not yet been confirmed which crown will be used for Queen Consort Camilla.

There were claims the ceremony will be “scaled down” compared to his mother’s in 1953, but The Sun understands this is far from the truth.

Another source said: “There is a myth taking hold that it’s going to be smaller. It will be slightly different, but in terms of scale and spectacle it will knock your socks off.”

The King and Queen Consort will be crowned side-by-side in Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6 — which is also the fourth birthday of Harry and Meghan’s his Archie.

To reflect the modern monarchydukes — including Harry if he attends — will no longer have to kneel and swear allegiance.

Only the Prince of Wales will carry out the symbolic gesture, it is believed.

It has not yet been confirmed which crown will be used for Queen Consort Camilla

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It has not yet been confirmed which crown will be used for Queen Consort CamillaCredit: PA
William will carry out the symbolic gesture - but Harry will not kneel and wear allegiance, if he attends

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William will carry out the symbolic gesture – but Harry will not kneel and wear allegiance, if he attendsCredit: PA

The ceremony is set to be cut down from the late Queen’s three-hour Coronation to around 90 minutes to two hours.

And the abbey is expected to hold around 2,000 rather than the 8,000 it did in 1953.

The congregation is set to represent Britain’s diverse ethnic make-up.

Many of Charles’s charities will be represented.

The number of British politicians, foreign leaders and European royalty will also be kept low, it is understood.

Although the guest list will be managed by the government in discussions with the King’s closest aides, Charles has the power to invite family members.

The government has set up a budget, but the King is keen to ensure the ceremony does not appear too lavish at a time of financial uncertainty.

But it will be a spectacular and memorable celebration, it is understood.

The Gold State Coach is also set to reappear on London’s streets.

The procession is planned to be shorter than previous ones, though there will be a flypast while the royals are on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The Sun understands a slimmed-down guest list means only top Cabinet ministers, senior Privy Councilors and opposition chiefs will likely make the cut.

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Bad blood is already simmering after dozens of ex-ministers missed out on a seat at the Queen’s funeral in September.

A Whitehall source said: “There’s going to be a lot of upset when people see the guest list. Lots of political bigwigs will be left watching on TV.”



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