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King Charles III

King Charles removes the requirement for royal dukes to kneel before him and pay homage at his Coronation

Shortly after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in September last year, people started to look ahead to the Coronation of King Charles III, speculating what His Majesty might do to modernise the ancient ceremony.

It was widely reported that The King wanted to change parts of the Coronation to be more befitting to the 21st century.

One such change we can expect is there being no requirement for royal dukes to pay homage to His Majesty at the service.

According to The Sunday Times, The King has decided against having his male relatives kneel before him.

This is in contrast to times gone by where dukes were expected to pay homage to the monarch and pledge their allegiance to the sovereign.

At Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953, the Duke of Edinburgh paid homage, followed by the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester.

Due to the change, Duke of York, the Duke of Sussex, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester will play no formal role in the ceremony.

The Prince of Wales, however, will still be required to pay homage to The King, kneeling before his feet.

Prince William will promise to be “liege man of life and limb” to his father.