The Prince and Princess of Wales joined the King at a pre-coronation reception at Buckingham Palace for overseas guests. However, the eagle-eyed fans noticed that Queen Consort Camilla was not in attendance. According to HELLO!’s royal editor, the Queen Consort was never due to attend the evening reception and took the opportunity to rest ahead of the big day.
Foreign Royals and World Leaders Join the Reception
The King joined his son and daughter-in-law at the reception, along with foreign royals Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and US First Lady Jill Biden also attended the reception.
Royals Put Their Best Fashion Foot Forward
The royals donned their finest outfits for the reception. Queen Letizia opted for a lime green look by Victoria Beckham, Princess Charlene looked incredible in a lavender one-shoulder two-piece, Crown Princess Victoria wowed in a pink Roland Mouret dress, Crown Princess Mary chose a puff-sleeve raspberry pink dress by Andrew GN, and Queen Rania of Jordan chose a statement Schiaparelli dress for the Buckingham Palace reception with gold accessories.
Prince Harry Arrives Ahead of King Charles’ Coronation
Prince Harry, who has not been pictured at the rehearsals or reception, is believed to have arrived in the UK ahead of his father King Charles’ historic coronation. His wife Meghan will not travel to the UK and has instead remained in the US with the couple’s children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
The coronation will take place on 6 May 2023, at 11 am BST. The decision to hold the coronation on this date has led to the creation of a special coronation bank holiday weekend in the UK for people to celebrate, which runs from the 6 to 8 May. The coronation will involve six basic stages: the recognition, the oath, the anointing, the investiture, the enthronement, and the homage. At the heart of the coronation is the anointing with holy oil.