Princess Anne reveals her official role at King Charles’ coronation


May 4, 2023 | 4:58

Princess Anne has finally revealed her official role at the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.

The royal couple are expected to take center stage at Saturday’s historic event which will see Her Majesty officially crowned following her ascension to the throne in September.

Speaking to CBC News, the Princess Royal said she would be the Gold-Stick-in-Waiting at her brother’s coronation – a role entrusted to the monarch’s personal security on the big day.

“I have a role as Colonel of the Blues and Royals in the Household Cavalry regiment as Gold Stick (pending). And Gold Stick was the first close protection officer,” she told the outlet.

“So it’s a role that I was asked if I would like to play for this coronation, so I said yes. And above all, it solves my dress problem.

The Princess will ride behind Charles and Camilla’s carriage after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

She will then lead 6,000 members of the armed forces through the streets of London in what is known as the Coronation Procession.

The Princess Royal has shared that she will be the Gold-Stick-in-Waiting at her brother’s coronation.
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Anne will be entrusted with the personal security of the monarch on the big day.
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When asked if she could share any specific details, the king’s sister was left somewhat speechless.

“No, I’m waiting to be told. I didn’t ask too many questions,” she joked.

The role of Gold-Stick-in-Waiting dates back to the 15th century and would see the monarch protected by two gold and silver rods.

Princess Anne said her brother was “attached to his own standard of service”.
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King Charles and Queen Camilla are due to be officially crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.
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Elsewhere, Anne spoke about how her brother is adjusting to being king following the death of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

“Well you know what you get because he’s been training for a while and I don’t think he’ll change,” she shared.

“You know, he is committed to his own level of service, and that will remain true.”

And as for the other senior members of the Royal Family, the Princess said they have yet to see how their respective roles will change during Charles’s reign.

“For the rest of us, it’s more about, we need to change the way we support, and that’s what we need to do,” she explained.

“There was an order in the years, because my mother hasn’t changed much. We knew what the pace of the year was, so things like that are going to change.

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