King Charles' coronation: Will disgraced Prince Andrew attend?

Duke of York to take a back seat during three-day extravaganza.

As King Charles III prepares to be crowned in a three-day celebration, the world is wondering if his disgraced younger brother Andrew will be given a role at the event.

Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm if Prince Andrew will attend the official coronation ceremony, however, the Mail on Sunday reports that if he does, the King will ensure he does not have a ceremonial part to play.

King Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew
King Charles with his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, and his brother Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour, the monarch's annual birthday parade, in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Andrew was forced to step down as a working member of the royal family due to accusations that he had sex with an underage girl procured by his close friend and sex offender, the late Jeffery Epstein.


The coronation will uphold centuries-old traditions and include a religious ceremony, a balcony appearance by the new monarch and other royal family members, as well as two royal processions. Prince Andrew is not expected to participate in any of these events in an official capacity.

It was first thought Andrew may take part in the coronation as he is still a Knight of the Garter - the world's oldest national order of knighthood - despite Queen Elizabeth II stripping him of his honorary military titles in 2022.

During the Queen's coronation in 1953, four Knights of the Garter took on a significant role during the anointing, standing at the four corners of the Coronation Chair.

Prince Andrew, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward
Royal siblings Andrew, Charles, Anne and Edward at Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Source: Getty

It has been suggested that the esteemed positions could instead be held by Prince William and the King's other siblings, Anne and Edward.

While the Palace is yet to confirm who will take on these prestigious roles, it's understood Andrew will not be invited to do so.

Prince Andrew has taken a back seat at royal events since a US civil suit was filed against him by Virginia Giuffre over historical sexual assault allegations, eventually leading to him settling the matter out of court for millions of pounds. The Duke of York has denied the allegations against him.

Prince Edward and Prince Andrew
Known as the Queen's favourite child, Prince Andrew is now said to be facing backlash from other members of the royal family. Photo: Getty Images

Following the scandal, Buckingham Palace revoked Andrew's title of "His Royal Highness" and he was absent from the Garter Day procession in 2022, one of the most important events in the royal calendar. At the time, it was reported that Prince William was "so alarmed" at the idea of his uncle taking part in the royal procession that he refused to attend if Andrew was involved.

"The Duke of Cambridge was adamant. If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw," a source reportedly told the Evening Standard.

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