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King Charles hosts secret party as new coronation details with Queen Camilla are confirmed

The event was held at Windsor Castle

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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
5 April 2023
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There was great excitement amongst royal watchers on Tuesday as new details of King Charles and Queen Camilla's coronation were announced.

And while fans pored over every update - from Prince George's very special role on the day, to the design of the invitation itself – the King hosted a low-key party at Windsor Castle.

Following in a tradition established by his late mother, who would host a dinner party at the castle every April, Charles welcomed a number of esteemed guests, including the Dean of Windsor.

Given that this is a private event, no photos will be shared – but it's highly likely that the upcoming coronation was the main talking point. Here's everything you need to know about the historic event. 

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Tuesday's update also came with a beautiful new portrait of the King and Queen to mark one month until their big day on 6 May.

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Fans also got to see the coronation invitation for the first time – and with it, Camilla's new title change.

King Charles and Queen Camilla photographed by Hugo Burnand© Hugo Burnand
The new portrait of the King and Queen

 Her “Consort” title has been dropped on the formal invites, paving the way for her to be known simply as Queen Camilla going forward.

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A royal source told HELLO! "it made sense" to refer to her as Queen Consort in the months after the late Queen’s death, but added: 'Queen Camilla' is the appropriate title to set against 'King Charles' on the invitation.

King Charles's coronation invitation
The invitation for the coronation has been designed by Andrew Jamieson

"The coronation is an appropriate time to start using 'Queen Camilla' in an official capacity."

It was also confirmed that Prince George and the Queen Camilla's grandsons will play key roles during the coronation.

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The nine-year-old second-in-line to the throne is one of four Pages of Honour to the King, along with the children of family friends, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, 13, Nicholas Barclay, 13, and Ralph Tollemache, 12.

Prince George will serve as one of his grandpa Charles's Page of Honours
Prince George will serve as one of his grandpa Charles's Page of Honours

Meanwhile the Queen's Pages of Honour will be her grandsons Gus and Louis Lopes, 13, and Freddy Parker Bowles, 12, and her great-nephew Arthur Elliot, 11.

The pages will carry the long trains of the King and Queen Consort's ceremonial robes and will form part of the procession through the nave of Westminster Abbey. 

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