King Charles III has been advised to wear an outfit for his coronation that goes against previous royal tradition, according to reports.
The monarch acceded to the throne upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September.
His coronation is set to take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May, in an event that has been teased to “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry”.
In previous ceremonies, the King or Queen has traditionally worn silk stockings and breeches. However, recent reports have claimed that King Charles will opt to wear his military uniform instead.
As reported by king-charles-change-coronation-costume/”The Sun, a source said: “Senior aides think breeches look too dated.” When contacted by The Independent, Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
Grant Harrold, former butler to King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, believes the dress code for the coronation will be a “massive change to royal protocol”.
Harrold, who worked for the then-Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall from 2004 to 2011, said that “most royals will wear suits” for the historic occasion instead of special robes that are usually created for the coronation, while the women will likely wear dresses.
He also does not think the Princess of Wales nor the Duchess of Edinburgh will wear tiaras for the event because “the focus will be more on day wear, showing how relaxed the dress code is for the event”.
But he added: “Obviously the King and Queen will be in the ceremonial robes for the event, no question,