Lady Pamela Hicks, 94, must be one of the few people about to experience a third coronation. This aristocrat was Queen Elizabeth’s bridesmaid and lady-in-waiting, but unfortunately, she will not be among the 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles.
Through a post on Instagram, India Hicks, 55, who is the goddaughter of King Charles and was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Princess Diana in 1981, shared a photograph of her mother accompanied by a text where she gave her opinion on the reduced guest list for the big event to be held on May 6.
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Lady Pamela Hicks will not be at King Charles’ coronation
Pamela Hicks had her birthday on Wednesday, April 19 and her daughter took the opportunity to dedicate a post on Instagram as a tribute to her mother and reported that she received a message from one of King Charles’ private secretaries, explaining that “that this coronation was to be very different to the Queen’s. 8,000 guests would be whittled down to 1,000 alleviating the burden on the state.”
“The King was sending his great love and apologies, he was offending many family and friends with the reduced list. My mother was not offended at all. ‘”How very, very sensible”‘ she said. Invitations based on meritocracy not aristocracy. ‘”I am going to follow with great interest the events of this new reign.'”
India, who is a fashion designer, writer, and former model, assured that her mother was not offended by being excluded from the guest list and stressed that she is very excited to experience another coronation.
Lady Pamela is the daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was Prince Philip’s uncle and father figure.
Pamela was present at some of the most momentous moments of royalty, including the wedding of her first cousin, Prince Philip, to then Princess Elizabeth in 1947. She was also on the fateful trip to Kenya in 1952, when the young royal couple received the tragic news of the death of King George VI, making Elizabeth, then 25, the new queen of the United Kingdom.
In September 2022, Lady Pamela and her daughter India were invited to attend Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral. Undoubtedly, Lady Pamela Hicks is an endearing figure in the British royal circle.
What will King Charles’ coronation be like?
The British crown is preparing for a more modest coronation ceremony than Queen Elizabeth’s seven decades ago, with a reduced guest list and a simpler service of just 60 minutes, a third of the time of the 1953 coronation.
Despite the simplicity, the congregation will be made up of senior members of the royal family, community and charity representatives, and other royals from different parts of the world, including foreign monarchs in a break with traditional customs.
Although it will be more austere in its execution, this ceremony promises to be equally memorable and meaningful for King Charles and the Queen Consort. Undoubtedly, this is a historic moment that will mark a new chapter in British royalty.