Prince George Gets Official Coronation Role, Invitation Design Revealed

The royal family has officially revealed the role that Prince George of Wales will play in the Coronation ceremony, in addition to the official design of the invitation. The announcement also confirms reports that Queen Camilla’s grandchildren and great-nephew will have official roles in the ceremony.

With the Coronation almost a month away, things are coming fast and furious from the royal family and King Charles, as they should. Though the biggest question, if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend, has yet to be announced, we do have a lot of other exciting royal news about the Coronation.

The first is that Prince George will join three other boys in serving as a Page of Honour for the ceremony. His tasks will include helping his grandfather with his robe and other ceremonial roles, much like the Pages who assisted the Queen at the State Opening of Parliaments. It’s unclear if George will serve in this role for the longer term, as a way of easing himself into royal life. Regardless, it will be a big moment for the seemingly shy George.

He will be joined by Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Master Nicholas Barclay and Master Ralph Tollemache. Interesting to note that Lord Oliver Cholmondeley is the son of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and his wife Rose Hanbury, the woman that Prince William supposedly had an affair with and had a falling out with Catherine The Princess of Wales. Perhaps this is yet another way to put those rumors to rest.

For Camilla, her three grandsons and great-nephew will serve as her Pages of Honour. This seems to align with reports that Camilla wanted to include her family in the event as much as possible.

The Palace has also revealed the official invitation. Designed by Andrew Jamieson, it is a water color design where nature features prominently, in addition to the royal regalia.

Per the official press release: “Central to the design is the motif of the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore, symbolic of spring and rebirth, to celebrate the new reign. The shape of the Green Man, crowned in natural foliage, is formed of leaves of oak, ivy and hawthorn, and the emblematic flowers of the United Kingdom. 

“The British wildflower meadow bordering the invitation features lily of the valley, cornflowers, wild strawberries, dog roses, bluebells, and a sprig of rosemary for remembrance, together with wildlife including a bee, a butterfly, a ladybird, a wren and a robin. Flowers appear in groupings of three, signifying The King becoming the third monarch of his name. 

“A lion, a unicorn and a boar – taken from the coats of arms of the Monarch and Her Majesty’s father, Major Bruce Shand – can be seen amongst the flowers. Her Majesty’s arms are now enclosed by the Garter, following her installation as a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter last summer.”

A beautiful design for sure, and one that will live for the ages.

Official Coronation invitation for King Charles III.
Credit: Buckingham Palace / PA
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