How Prince William's Coronation Could Be Different From King Charles'

Wanting to present himself as a modern monarch, King Charles III broke tradition from Queen Elizabeth's Coronation for his own ceremony. Among the changes he made were cutting the length of the proceedings, trimming the guest list, wearing trousers rather than breeches and stockings, and including female Church of England bishops for the first time. In a nod to inclusivity, he modified his oath of office, promising to serve people of all faiths. 

Still, the coronation was an elaborate affair with plenty of pomp and circumstance — literally. (The orchestra played Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" at the exit procession.) Afterwards, a select group of royals joined the new king and queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the cheering crowd. Among them were William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and their three children. It was a visual reminder of the line of succession — and a sobering reminder that Charles' reign will be shorter than his mother's. Already, William is said to be planning for his own big day, and it could be far different from his father's.

Prince William wants a more modern ceremony

Sources have told The U.S. Sun that Prince William is wasting no time in planning for the day when "God Save the King" will be his theme song. While this may sound rather ghoulish, it's actually a practical move: Monarchs have to be ready for the inevitable, and every detail of a royal ceremony has to be in place well in advance. Even Queen Elizabeth had a heavy hand in planning her own funeral

The sources claim William is looking to "make his coronation feel most relevant" to a 21st-century population. While some elements have to be maintained — it will definitely be a church service in Westminster Abbey — it's said William wants to scrap some portions that might be considered outdated. Among them is the "homage of the people," in which citizens of the crown are asked to vow allegiance to the monarch. (Per The Guardian, the homage was traditionally a command, but the palace toned it down to a mere invitation.) Presumably, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will be old enough to take an active role in the ceremony, but it's possible William may not ask them to take the "homage of the blood" oath, the one in which the monarch's children swear loyalty with a kiss. 

As for the rumors Prince William plans to exclude Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from his ceremony — well, we can only hope the brothers will have reconciled by then.