The Wales family have been photographed at Westminster AbbeyPhoto: James Whatling

Prince and Princess of Wales pictured with their children at coronation rehearsal

The Prince and Princess of Wales were pictured at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday morning with their three kids before a coronation practice.

William and Catherine joined other royals, such as the King and Queen and Princess Anne, for a rehearsal of Saturday’s ceremony while they were all in good spirits.

 

Kate looked stunning in a floral tea dress
Photo: James Whatling

While Prince William and their two sons, Prince George and Prince Louis, wore navy suits, Princess Catherine looked classic in a monochromatic silk tea dress.

Princess Charlotte wore a pretty blue floral summer dress and a white cardigan as she celebrated her eighth birthday on Tuesday.

There were also Camilla’s grandsons, who will serve as her honorary pages.

 

William and Kate’s kids had to miss school to attend the rehearsals with the rest of the family  Photo: James Whatling

 

For Prince George, who had the honor of serving as one of his grandfather’s pages, the coronation practice was especially significant. He will follow the King into and out of the Abbey while toting his robes.

In contrast, William will pay his father a single tribute of royal blood by bowing before him and promising to be his “liege man of life and limb.” Prior to being crowned, he will also assist in dressing the King in his golden royal robe, also known as the mantle.

 

Princess Anne will play an important role on Charles’s big day
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The Prince of Wales’ friend and the Marquess of Cholmondeley, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, 13, Ralph Tollemache, 12, and Nicholas Barclay, 13, are the King’s pages. Sarah Troughton, one of the Queen’s Companions and the grandson of Nicholas Barclay, is one of the King’s pages.

Her three grandsons, twins Gus and Louis, both 13 years old, and Tom Parker Bowles’ 13-year-old Frederick, as well as her 10-year-old great-nephew Arthur Elliot, will serve as the Queen’s Pages of Honor.

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Queen Consort Camilla wore a blue outfit for the rehearsals at the abbey
Photo: James Whatling

 

Teenage sons of the nobility are typically given the title of “Page of Honor,” and they participate in important royal ceremonies like coronations and the State Opening of Parliament.

They typically dress in a scarlet frock coat with gold trimmings, a white satin waistcoat, breeches and hose, white gloves, black buckled shoes, a lace cravat and ruffles, and other traditional attire. A small ceremonial sword is also carried by them.

Given his young age, it is believed that George’s parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, gave the decision to let him serve in an official capacity much thought.

 

King Charles was also in attendance
Photo: James Whatling

 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding and Princess Eugenie’s union to Jack Brooksbank both had pageboys, but this will be Prince George’s biggest-scale public appearance to date.

Early Wednesday morning rehearsals were held in the capital as last-minute preparations increased, providing the first glimpses of the splendor of the coronation processions.

 

Prince George was spotted donning a slick hairstyle for the rehearsal
Photo: James Whatling

 

Just after midnight on Wednesday, hundreds of soldiers, many of whom were mounted, marched from Buckingham Palace past Trafalgar Square and Downing Street to Westminster Abbey.

As part of the practice run for the actual event, the diamond jubilee state coach and the gold state coach moved down The Mall.

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