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King Charles III

Homage of peers is scrapped at the Coronation in radical shake-up to service

The homage of peers – a staple of coronation ceremonies for many centuries – has been scrapped by King Charles III.

At previous coronations, dukes were expected to pay homage to the monarch and pledge their allegiance to the sovereign.

However, The King is known to want his Coronation to be more befitting of the 21st century, and has removed the requirement for royal dukes to pay homage.

Instead of a homage of peers, a new element to the Coronation service will take place – a Homage of the People.

A Lambeth Palace spokesperson said: “Those watching and listening at home and elsewhere will be invited to make their homage by sharing in the same
words – a chorus of millions of voices enabled for the first time in history to participate in this solemn and joyful moment.

It is unknown what words will form the Homage of the People – something everybody has been invited to join in at home.

The Prince of Wales is expected to be the only person to individually pay homage to his father.

At her Coronation in 1953, Elizabeth II was received by Prince Philip, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester.