The eco-friendly King Charles is planning a carbon-neutral coronation

King Charles is planning a “low-carbon” coronation next year and could tell Commonwealth leaders they don’t have to attend to reduce the number of planes to London.

Uckingham Palace is expected to announce a date in May or June for the event, which will be on a much smaller scale than the late Queen’s coronation in 1953.

Planning is still in the early stages as nothing was discussed in detail before Queen Elizabeth’s death and palace officials have months to work out the guest list.

Royal sources confirmed that deciding who will be invited will be a “balancing act” between minimizing carbon footprint and complying with the protocol.

The king has spent decades raising awareness of climate change and is expected to use a state visit to France next month – the first of his reign – to highlight a program to plant millions of trees in Africa.

People close to him say he would not want his coronation to be an event on the scale of his mother’s funeral, which took dozens of private jets to London.

A source familiar with the King’s mindset said Commonwealth leaders and members of foreign royal families could be invited, but that attendance would be left to their own discretion. Alternatively, they could be asked to travel on scheduled flights.

More than 60 members of foreign royal families attended the Queen’s coronation.

A source said: “The coronation will take place less than a year after the Queen’s funeral, so the message that could be sent out could be: ‘We’ve seen you all recently so don’t feel obliged to bother to make it come all the way back so soon’.”

Queen Consort Camilla will continue to use her private home in Wiltshire to give her “an escape from royal life”.

The same source added: “The King, as well as his religious and government advisers, will be acutely aware that the coronation will come after what has been a very difficult winter for people and they will not want the event to be at odds with the mood of the.” Nation.

“The king is by nature a fairly frugal person whenever he can, and I would expect that he would want the coronation to focus more on the spiritual elements than the flashier bits.”

The King had no say in the guest list for his mother’s funeral, which was the largest gathering of world leaders on British soil, as it was the late Queen’s prerogative.


Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is pulled past Buckingham Palace on a carriage

And while he believes it was entirely appropriate for the international community to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, he doesn’t think his coronation deserves such a large turnout.

Meanwhile, Queen Consort Camilla will continue to use her private home in Wiltshire to allow her “an escape from royal life” despite her change in status.

Camilla bought her six-bedroom estate, Ray Mill House, following her divorce from Andrew Parker Bowles, her first husband, 25 years ago and enjoys spending time there with family and friends in a more relaxed setting than royal residences allow for. The house is close to the King’s private residence, Highgrove, in Gloucestershire.

The King now has Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh and Hillsborough Castle outside of Belfast at his disposal, although he owns many other royal residences in his capacity, including St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House as monarch . He has also inherited the estates of Balmoral and Sandringham, which were privately owned by the Queen, and he already owned a large cottage in Wales and Highgrove.

The couple are currently living at the Balmoral estate, where the Queen died earlier this month and where the King is likely to be spending time in Birkhall, the large house on the estate he inherited from the Queen Mother.

Sources describe Birkhall as his “real home” and the property he would keep if only he were allowed to live.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] The eco-friendly King Charles is planning a carbon-neutral coronation

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