King Charles ‘has handed his campaigning baton to Prince William’

As King Charles III prepares for his coronation on 6 May, 2023 is set to be a busy year for the monarch.

But while he will do as many engagements as possible, royal expert Jennie Bond says the King will pull back on some commitments – adding that he has now handed his campaigning baton on to son Prince William.

Jennie says that Charles and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, will “take a leaf out of the Queen’s book and step up their engagements”.

She explains to OK!: “They will be working very hard as long as their health permits.

"With the larger workload, he won’t be able to concentrate on the causes he has so vehemently in the past, so I don’t think we’ll see him out campaigning for the environment.

“But when the opportunity arises, he will try to get his message across. I think he has handed that baton on to William now.”

She adds: “2023 will continue for Charles and the royal family with getting on with the job.”

Jennie also says that Camilla is a "vital part" of his ability to do his job.

She told us: “Camilla will be working as hard as she possibly can alongside Charles and on her solo engagements. She’s very aware that this is a shared job, a job share! She is such a support to Charles.

“She’s a vital part of his ability to do his job. She’s not just tagging along, she is a very important part of those engagements – she is his guardian angel, his strength.”

King Charles III’s coronation will take place on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abbey.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace confirmed: “The ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside the Queen Consort. The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.”

The service will retain some historical elements of past coronations but also recognise the spirit of the times.

King Charles will be anointed with holy oil, receive the orb, coronation ring and sceptre, then be crowned with the St Edward’s crown and be blessed. Camilla will also be anointed with holy oil and crowned, as was the Queen Mother in 1937.

Meanwhile, in his first Christmas speech as King after the passing of his mother the Queen in September, Charles, 74, paid tribute to his “beloved mother” and thanked well-wishers for the “love and sympathy shown to his family”.

He also described the festive period as a “poignant time” for bereaved families, adding: “We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the season and remember them in each cherished tradition.”

He also spoke about religion and community spirit around the United Kingdom, saying: “The Prince and Princess of Wales recently visited Wales, shining a light on practical examples of this community spirit."


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