Behind the Scenes Drama: Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Tardy Arrival at King Charles’ Coronation

Behind the regal facade, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s late arrival at King Charles’ coronation added tension and last-minute adjustments to the historic event.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

In the grandeur of Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023, history was in the making as King Charles III and Queen Camilla prepared for their coronation. However, the morning was not without its hiccups as the royal family encountered a surprising delay.

According to royal biographer Robert Hardman’s latest book, The Making of a King: King Charles III and the Modern Monarchy, the royal couple, King Charles and Queen Camilla, found themselves at the abbey earlier than anticipated.

Meanwhile, Prince William and Princess Kate, along with their children, were running behind schedule, causing an unexpected predicament.

As the King and Queen waited in their coach, the tension mounted outside Westminster Abbey.

King Charles and Queen Camilla before their coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY IMAGES)
King Charles and Queen Camilla before their coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY IMAGES)

The Prince and Princess of Wales, along with their younger children, were caught in traffic, making them late for their scheduled arrival. This unexpected turn of events created a palpable atmosphere of stress and urgency.

Hardman’s book provides intriguing insights into the royal family’s reactions during this awkward moment. A lipreader captured King Charles expressing frustration, remarking, “We can never be on time… There’s always something… This is boring.”

The scene offers a glimpse into the pressure the monarch was under, reminiscent of his struggles following his mother’s death.

Various theories emerged regarding the cause of the delay. Some attributed it to Prince William and Princess Kate’s decision to film a coronation video, while others suggested that the King’s early arrival disrupted the Waleses’ travel plans.

From left: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte arrive for the coronation on May 6, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY)
From left: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte arrive for the coronation on May 6, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY)

Regardless of the reason, the result was a last-minute scramble to adjust the ceremony’s running order.

With the Wales family’s late arrival, the carefully choreographed entrance sequence had to be hastily revised. Instead of entering ahead of the King and Queen as planned, they found themselves trailing behind, bringing up the rear of the procession.

Despite the initial hiccup, the coronation ceremony proceeded smoothly. Prince William’s pivotal role in the line of succession was highlighted as he knelt before his father to pay homage.

Additionally, Prince George made history as the first future monarch to participate officially in a coronation service, serving as a Page of Honor for his grandfather.

Later in the day, the royal family appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, showcasing a united front in support of the newly crowned King Charles III. Prince William and Princess Kate, accompanied by their three children, stood alongside other members of the royal family, reflecting their prominent position within the monarchy.

In the annals of royal history, the coronation of King Charles III will be remembered not only for its pomp and ceremony but also for the unexpected drama that unfolded behind the scenes.

Hardman’s book offers a fascinating glimpse into the intricate workings of the modern monarchy, revealing the challenges and pressures faced by even the most prominent members of the royal family. Despite the setbacks, the day ultimately served as a testament to the resilience and unity of the House of Windsor.

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