On May 6, a grand joint coronation ceremony will usher in King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla. The royal family will likely be present in full force, with celebrities like the Prince and Princess of Wales taking center stage.
Royal fans will be thrilled to see Prince William bow down to “pay homage” to his father during the updated ceremony. The Sunday Times claims that Charles has done away with the custom of the royal dukes kneeling to “pay homage” before touching the crown and kissing the monarch’s right cheek, leaving only William to carry out the age-old custom.
But one query is still lingering in the minds of royal admirers everywhere. Will Prince Harry fly in from Montecito for the important day for his father? Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle received save-the-date invitations from the King earlier this month, although the father-of-two has yet to formally confirm his attendance.
A spokesperson for the royal family at the time stated: “I can confirm the Duke recently received email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation. An immediate decision on whether the Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.”
We are excitedly anticipating a royal family reunion that is delving deeply into the previous engagements that Prince Harry and Prince William under their father Charles had. The once-inseparable royal brothers are experienced at attending public royal events, as evidenced by their numerous appearances at Trooping the Colour and their dapper presence at Charles and Camilla’s 2005 wedding ceremony.
Trooping the Colour
Both Prince William and Prince Harry made their Trooping the Colour debuts when they were very young. William made his first appearance on the royal balcony in 1984 at the age of just two. Prince Harry, in contrast, was only a few months old in 1985 when he attended his first Trooping the Colour.
The youngest of the two siblings charmed crowds despite their young age with their impeccable demeanor and adorable attire. Who can forget Prince William’s miniature nautical outfit? Of course we can’t.
Charles and Camilla’s wedding
For the wedding of the then-Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005 at Windsor Guildhall, Berkshire, Prince Harry and Prince William dressed to the nines. Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles, the two children of Camilla, joined the brothers, with Prince William and Tom acting as witnesses.
The Duke of Sussex provided a very frank account of his father’s big day in his memoir, Spare, revealing how he wanted them both to be happy after “years of thwarted longing.”
Harry said, “I had complicated feelings about gaining a step-parent who, I believed, had recently sacrificed me on her personal PR altar. I knew without a doubt that this marriage would take Pa away from us.”
“I was surprised to learn at their wedding that one of the things I still wanted most was for my father to be happy,” he said in his conclusion.
Prince William and Princess Kate’s wedding day
Prince Harry and Prince William were once joined at the hip, but recently they seem to have drifted apart. Because of their shared experiences, William stated in the beginning of 2018 (via ABC News) that his and Harry’s relationship was “closer than it’s been.”
Losing our mother when we were children, he continued, “has helped us travel through that difficult patch together. You’re like-minded. You go through similar things, it’s a bond and it’s something you know you’ve tackled together and come out better for it.”
In 2011, Prince Harry reportedly made an emotional speech at the Buckingham Palace reception while also accompanying his frazzled brother to the altar.
Harry shared excerpts from letters of support from the public along with amusing stories from his childhood with William. He also used the occasion to give the Princess of Wales a cheeky gift.
In a dream wedding in 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows. For the occasion, the siblings wore their military garb, and Prince William helped calm any wedding-day jitters outside the venue.
Her Majesty’s Jubilee celebrations
At the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Jubilees in 2002, 2012, and 2022, respectively, Prince Harry and Prince William charmed crowds. William and Harry flanked their father’s side during the Golden Jubilee celebrations for their grandmother and delighted royal well-wishers with their boyish grins and impeccable manners.
Harry and William participated in the lavish Thames River Pageant during Her Majesty’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee alongside the late Queen, her late husband, Prince Philip, Duchess Camilla, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, meanwhile, made their first public appearance at a royal event after resigning as senior royals in 2022. The Sussexes attended both Friday’s thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Trooping the Colour.
The couple put on a defiant show as they entered the spotlight in spite of the media attention.
The late Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral
Princes Harry and William put their differences aside as they accompanied the Firm to Her Majesty’s state funeral following the sad passing of our late monarch. The two put on a brave face and followed their father in procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it traveled to Westminster Hall as a sign of family unity.
Later, as Harry, William, and Charles entered Westminster Hall for the Queen’s moving funeral service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, they were united in grief.