Where is Prince George? What was his coronation role?
King Charles III has five grandchildren, three from the marriage of his son William to Kate Middleton, with the eldest getting much attention.
On Saturday 6 May 2023 much of the world looked on for one of the most anticipated events of the year, taking place in London: the coronation of Charles III as King of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. The ceremony and processions went off without a hitch, but there were a number of subplots that garnered much interest from the watching millions. There was the mystery ‘teal’ sword carrier, the women in white dresses, and then there was the question about the eldest of the King’s grandchildren.
The British monarch has five grandchildren. The first three come from the marriage of his son William and Kate Middleton, while the remaining two come from the couple formed by Harry and Meghan Markle. The eldest is Prince George, who played a key role in the proceedings.
As the eldest son of William, Prince of Wales, George is second in line to the throne after his own father. He is nine years old (born 22 July 2013) and is known as George Cambridge at the school he attends in Kensington, but his classmates call him PG, for Prince George.
At the coronation George was one of the Pages of Honour. This meant he was responsible for holding the train of the regal robes of the King and at his tender age made him the youngest future king to be involved in a coronation. Let’s see how long before he’s involved again...
The other four grandchildren of King Charles III are:
She is seven years old. She is the second of the three children of Prince William and Kate. She occupies the third place in the line of succession, making her the first woman to pass ahead of a male brother in the United Kingdom, her brother Louis, as an heir, thanks to the modification of the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013.
Prince Louis Arthur Charles
He was named after Lord Louis Mountbatten, uncle of the Duke of Edinburgh and confidant of Charles of England, who was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979 in Mullaghmore, Ireland. He is the youngest son of William and Kate Middleton. He is five years old and is fourth in line to the throne.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
He is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He is four years old. He is sixth in line to the throne. With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have become grandchildren of the monarch, as King Charles III is their grandfather, who has granted a new Royal Patent that declares them princes, but will not grant them the status of His Royal Highness (H.R.H). He will not be present at his grandfather’s coronation as King of England.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
She is the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Her full name is Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the childhood nickname of Queen Elizabeth, but she will be simply called Lili. Her name also carries the name of her maternal grandmother, Diana. She is almost two years old. Like her brother, she will not attend Charles III’s coronation as King of England.