King Charles III planning "less expensive" coronation amid cost-of-living crisis

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

King Charles III is reportedly planning a "less expensive" coronation ceremony than his mother's as acknowledgement of Britain's cost-of-living crisis.

Last week, plans for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral – which took place on 19 September – lead some members of the public to question whether the price could be justified, given that more than one in five people (14.5 million) in the UK are living in poverty, with an increasing number of families relying on food banks to eat. The cost of Her Majesty's funeral is split between the Government and the Royal Residences, meaning it is partly funded by taxpayers.

But it seems that Charles is keen to show that he's a monarch of the people, with a source telling The Mirror that his coronation will be "shorter, smaller and less expensive" than the Queen's ceremony in 1953.

"The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons," the royal insider told the newspaper. "So [we] will see his wishes carried through that, although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world."

The insider continued: "He has already spoken of his wish to continue his mother’s legacy and this includes continuing to recognise what the people are experiencing day by day."

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Photo credit: Norman Potter - Getty Images

The source also pointed out that Charles has "long been an advocate of a streamlined or slimmed down monarchy" and that he may reduce the number of working royals. There are currently nine full-time working royals, these include: King Charles III, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Prince Richard (the Queen's cousin) and his wife, Birgitte.

Despite being active on the royal scene, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are not classed as "senior working royals" – that is because both sisters have regular day jobs. Similarly, the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall has had several ventures outside of being a member of the Royal Family.

But Charles' plans for the future of the Royal Family should come as no surprise. In fact, last year a source told the Daily Mail that the now-King had already been thinking about how to modernise the Monarchy. "Everything is seen through the lens of the question: 'What value is this offering to the public?'"

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