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King Charles's coronation: Big surprise as royal guests are finally confirmed

The RSVPs for Charles and Camilla's coronation have been sent out

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla
Gemma Strong
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With less than a month to go until King Charles and Queen Camilla's coronation day, and their guest list is slowly being revealed.

This week, it was confirmed that a host of European royals will be attending the historic event taking place on 6 May at Westminster Abbey.

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Charles and Camilla's coronation will take place on 6 May

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Monegasque royal Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, King Carl Gustaf and his daughter Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Japan's Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko are all confirmed to attend.

But the list has come as a surprise to a great many royal watchers.

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Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia have confirmed their attendance

Traditionally, heads of state do not attend each other's coronations in order to allow the newly-crowned King or Queen to be the highest-ranking royal at the event.

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As such, confirmation that the Spanish King and Queen as well as King Carl Gustaf is somewhat unexpected.

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Crown Princess Victoria with her father, King Carl Gustaf

However, King Charles famously has close ties with his European counterparts, many of whom attended the funeral service for his late mother, the Queen, just last year.

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Earlier this month, royal fans were given their first look at the invitations being sent out for the coronation.

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

At the same time, the royal palace also confirmed at the time that Charles's eldest grandson, Prince George, will take on a prominent role at the ceremony. 

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The nine-year-old, who is 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. Take a closer look at the roles the royal grandchildren will take on the day here...

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

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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