King Charles Is Making a Huge Change to the Royal Dress Code for Coronation

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What does one wear to an official coronation these days? The dress code could be different than usual for King Charles III’s big day, according to his majesty’s former butler, Grant Harrold. In an exclusive for Slingo, the ex-royal employee believes there will be “massive change to royal protocol” in terms of what honored guests will choose to wear during the historic ceremony.

Previous coronations involved elaborate robes that were designed specifically for use during the most prestigious events. These full-length garments were woven from scarlet wool and included a collar made of white ermine fur, according to The Telegraph.

“Historically, these robes were worn by the aristocracy,” Harrold explained, “But now this will not be the case.”

The former butler, who worked for King Charles while he was still the Prince of Wales from 2004 to 2011, feels confident that most of the 2,000 invited guests will scale down their event attire.

Viewers won’t be seeing t-shirts and jeans, but what the aristocracy and official parliament members would be wearing underneath the robes previously worn — suits, and sensible dresses for the ladies — for the event on May 6 which will begin at approximately 11am.

The Telegraph had also previously reported that select attendees had been advised to “dress down” for the occasion, which will only be about an hour long, as opposed to over three hours in the past.

“The senior members of the royal family decide the royal etiquette and dress code,” Harrold informed. He explained that, with all the modernization which has occurred since the last coronation in 1953, it’s only natural that new protocols be implemented as the crown continues to evolve.

Another big attire change could involve headwear — specifically the absence of tiaras, which have been part of the royal wardrobe for centuries.

“I don’t think you will see the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Wessex or the Duchess of Edinburgh wear any tiaras,” Harrold stated. “I think the focus will be more on day wear, showing how relaxed the dress code is for the event.”

King Charles’ attire is set to remain a mystery until the big day, and what he will wear and not wear is a hot topic of debate. While Harrold is sure his former employer will “most likely wear a crown during the ceremony,” sources revealed to The Sun that the monarch could possibly opt for a military uniform over the traditional silk stockings and breeches of the past.

If you’re ever in a position where you’ll be in the presence of a royal, Harrold offered additional advice on the Slingo blog. One of the biggest no-no’s? Never kiss a royal when greeting them.

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