The first look of the coronation invitation displays the official use of "Queen Camilla," signifying the changeover from "Queen Consort." The invitation, which is elaborately designed and addressed to around 2,000 guests, comes from "King Charles III and Queen Camilla."
Her grandchildren will serve as Westminster Abbey pageboys with Prince George, grandson of the Monarch. A new official photograph of the royal couple has been unveiled one month before the coronation. The invitation for the 6 May coronation, printed on recycled paper, indicates that Camilla's title will change at the coronation.
A royal insider indicated that it made sense to use "Queen Consort" in the early stages of the new reign to separate her from the late Queen Elizabeth. Nonetheless, following the coronation, it would be "proper" to legally change her title to "Queen Camilla." Camilla will be crowned alongside the King at the coronation ceremony next month, 18 years after the couple's wedding. A little more than a year has passed since the late Queen Elizabeth addressed the unsolved issue of Camilla's future title.
During a time when there were still suggestions that Camilla would be known as Princess Consort, the late queen publicly endorsed Camilla, stating that she should be dubbed Queen Consort. The artwork for the coronation invitation incorporates the folkloric figure of the "green man," whose features are comprised of ivy, hawthorn, and oak leaves, in recognition of the King's many years of environmental activism.
According to Buckingham Palace, it commemorates a new reign as a sign of spring and renewal. The design by illustrator Andrew Jamieson also features pictures of the natural world, such as flowers, birds, and insects, in addition to national and heraldic emblems.
It remains unclear if Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex would accept the invitation. There was no new information on their attendance. The White House has confirmed that President Joe Biden called the King on Tuesday to inform him that First Lady Jill Biden will represent the United States in his absence.
A statement said, "The President also expressed his willingness to meet with the King in the United Kingdom at a future date." The King finished his first state visit last week, earning a warm reception in Germany. Nonetheless, the attention is now on coronation preparations. Eight "pages of honor" have been selected among the youngsters of friends and family members to take part in the ceremony. This includes Prince George, the nine-year-old son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as Gus and Louis Lopes, Freddy Parker Bowles, and Arthur Elliot, her great-nephew.
In the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace is where the new official portrait of the King and Queen Consort was taken last month. It follows a declaration by the Cabinet Office that public institutions such as council offices, courts, police stations, and schools may request a framed image of King Charles.
Anti-monarchy activists criticized the £8 million budget for the new photos, claiming it was a waste of public funds at a time of budgetary constraints. The Cabinet Office refused to provide a breakdown of the deal for the framed photographs, but stated that specifics will be "published in due course."
It is also understood that the total government expenditure on the coronation will not be known until after the ceremony.