King Charles is said to have opted for a different coronation outfit than previous monarchs as the traditional attire is “too dated”.
The King is due to be officially crowned in May after succeeding to the throne following his mother Queen Elizabeth’s passing last year.
While he’s been King for some months now, he hasn’t been officially crowned yet for two reasons; firstly to allow a suitable grieving period after the Queen’s death and second, because a coronation is a huge event which takes time to organise.
Now as Charles’ big day draws closer, the 74 year old’s choice of outfit has been revealed.
According to royal insiders, the monarch will wear his military uniform on 6 May, ditching the traditional suit, robes and breeches.
“Senior aides think breeches look too dated,” a source told The Sun.
Charles’ coronation will allegedly show off “the best of Britain”, according to ministers.
Downing Street said the Prime Minister described the coronation as a "unique moment for the country", as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden told ministers last month it would be a "moment of constitutional significance which will allow us to showcase the very best of the United Kingdom."
The update on Charles’s coronation comes after the monarch faced criticism for using the royal train to travel to an engagement in Manchester earlier this week – a journey which is reported to have cost an eye-watering £20,000.
Charles andQueen Consort Camillatravelled on the Royal Train to attend a series of events across Greater Manchester on Friday. It was the first time the King has used the locomotive since becoming monarch following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September last year.
The royal couple visited Bolton to celebrate 150 years of the borough's town hall, as well as travelling to Trafford Park to tour the Kellogg's factory.
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While the cost of the monarch's visit will be confirmed when the Royal Finances are listed later this year, the Mirror reports that previous similar Royal Train journeys have cost over £20,000.
In June last year, the Sovereign Grant Report showed that three journeys on the Royal Train made by the late Queen and the then-Prince Charles cost £100,000.
Defending the decision to use the locomotive, Palace spokesperson Amanda Foster said: "Security, a need to minimise disruption for others, time and cost are just some of the factors to take into account when travel decisions are made."
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