PRINCE Charles and Camilla are expected to be crowned together when the time comes – in a largely scaled-down coronation.
Plans are said to be being drawn up for the event, codenamed Operation Golden Orb.
And Charles made no secret that he favored a neater and more modern monarchy when his time came.
Regarding the coronation of the future king, a source told Mail on Sunday: “It will be the Compact Monarchy on display throughout.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to just see Charles and Camilla, Kate and William and their children on the balcony of Buckingham Palace afterwards.”
A source said the service at Westminster Abbey would be noticeably shorter and cheaper than before.
And they added that it would be “less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths”.
It is believed that the guest list for the service will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 – a quarter of the number in 1953 – and will also feature fewer members of the Royal Family.
According to the Mail, the organizers are kept secret – although several key figures are said to have spurred discussions between the Palace, the Cabinet Office, the Church and the military, among others.
A Clarence House spokesperson said: “Planning for a Coronation begins from the moment of accession.
“So there are no plans of this nature at this stage.”
But a source told the Mail: “There are binders and binders of the joining and Coronation paperwork all stacked up and each with different addendums.
“It’s very complicated. The Golden Orb committee used to meet twice a year but now they meet much more often, sometimes once a month.
“Compared to the previous coronation, it will be a lot less noisy.”
The new plans will mark a radical change from the Coronation of Elizabeth II, who had been Queen for 16 months at the time of her lavish ceremony.
A long procession of chariots brought more than 8,000 dignitaries to Westminster Abbey, while more than 40,000 troops took part in the parade.
The ceremony, televised for the first time, lasted more than three hours and saw the Queen make a number of costume changes.
Meanwhile, the Mail reported that Charles’ ceremony would be “shorter” due to his age.
There is no hint that the Queen is unwell.
Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.
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