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Jennifer Newton

Meet the eight boys picked by King Charles and Camilla for huge Coronation role

They will hold one of the most important roles on Coronation day and be in charge of supporting the main stars King Charles and Queen Camilla.

And the group of eight schoolboys who have been given the huge task have finally been revealed - and they are all family friends or close relatives.

On the historic day as the procession of the King and Queen, their regalia, senior clerics, and other figures makes its way through the nave of Westminster Abbey on May 6, the pages will be in charge of holding the robes of some of the leading individuals taking part.

Charles and Camilla's pages at the Coronation have been revealed (CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

They will wear a scarlet frock coat with gold trimmings, a white satin waistcoat, white breeches and hose, white gloves, black buckled shoes and a lace cravat and ruffles.

So who exactly are the pages, what is their relationship to the King and Queen, and why might they have been picked for the role? Here we take a look...

King Charles' pages...

Prince George

Prince George will be the youngest of the pages (WireImage)

Among the youngest and the most well-known of all the pages is Charles' eldest grandson and heir to the throne Prince George.

At just nine years old, the eldest child of the Prince and Princess of Wales is several years younger that some of the other boys given page jobs.

However, as a future King, it is believed that his parents and grandfather were keen for him to have some sort of role in the ceremony.

A well-placed insider added: "The King is very keen to show those in the line of ­succession, his natural heirs, at the centre of his Coronation.

"Even though he is only nine, George is very mature and already has a deep understanding of the roles of his grandfather and father, as well as his future role."

George with his grandfather King Charles and late great grandmother Elizabeth II (Getty Images)

It was first suggested last month that George would have a role in the Coronation - although his parents were keen for it to not put him under too much scrutiny.

Sunday Times royal editor Roya Nikkhah previously told True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat: "They are very keen, but if George does have an official role, it will be quite low-key.

"They are very conscious that he will return to school on the Tuesday [after the Coronation], and they do not want him to be overwhelmed by the attention. But he may play a smaller official role."

Lord Oliver Cholmondeley

William and Kate with Oliver's mum Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (PA Archive/PA Images)

Oliver, aged 13, is a son of the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and his wife and former model Rose Hanbury.

He has a twin brother Alexander, who will one day inherit their father's title as he is older and is currently Earl of Rocksavage. They also have a younger sister called Iris.

According to the Telegraph, Oliver landed the page role as Alexander will one day inherit the family title.

However, Oliver is not the only one in his family to be a page to the monarch. His father David, 62, a filmmaker, was a page of honour to the late Queen for two years from the ages of 14 to 16 in the 1970s.

In 1990, he became the Lord Great Chamberlain, in charge of the Palace of Westminster, and served in this role up until Elizabeth II's death last year.

The family live at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, close to Prince William and Kate's Anmer Hall and they are good friends.

Nicholas Barclay

The third of Charles' pages is 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay - a son of his goddaughter Rose Troughton and her husband Piers Barclay.

The grandmother of Nicholas is Camilla's close friend Sarah Troughton, left (Getty Images)

Rose is the daughter of Sarah Troughton, who is now one of Queen Camilla's six companions who accompany her on engagements, and is said to be one of her personal friends.

She is also a second cousin of Charles and is the first woman to hold the role of Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire.

Ralph Tollemache

Ralph Tollemache is the final page of the King and is also the son of one of Charles' godchildren.

The 12-year-old's father is Edward Tollemache, a banker and aristocrat, who welcomed the King to his wedding to wife Sophie in 2007.

He too was a former page to the late Queen so no doubt his son can ask him for advice.

As well as Ralph, he and Sophie, who has a part in the film A Fish Called Wanda, have two other children, Theo and Stella.

Queen Camilla's pages...

Gus and Louis Lopes

Camilla's twin grandsons Louis and Gus pictured in 2016 (Alan Davidson/REX/Shutterstock)

Keeping it in the family, Camilla will have twin grandsons Gus and Louis among her pages.

The 13-year-olds are the younger sons of Camilla's daughter Laura and her husband Harry. They also have an older sister called Eliza, who is said to be also primed to have a special role on her granny's big day.

Speaking to the Daily Mail ahead of the birth of the boys, Camilla said: "I just love them all to bits.

"Obviously I am being called on for more and more babysitting duties but it's wonderful. Laura was rather thrown when she was told she was having twins but we have never had them in the family before and I for one can't wait."

Freddy Parker Bowles

Freddy Parker Bowles with his dad Tom, Camilla's oldest child (Mark Stewart/Pool/REX/Shutterstock)

Joining his cousins Gus and Louis will be Camilla's other grandson Freddy, who is the younger child of her son Tom and his former wife Sara.

Freddy is also 13 and was born just months after his twin cousins. The trio were pictured together at Windsor last year during Garter Day.

He also has an older sister Lola, who is also said to be announced as having a role at the Coronation in due course.

Arthur Elliot

The final of Camilla's pages is her 10-year-old great nephew Arthur Elliot.

Arthur is the grandson of Camilla's extremely close sister Annabel and his father Ben is a former co-chairman of the Conservative party.

His mum Mary-Clare is the daughter of singer Steve Winwood, who had hits with Valerie and Higher Love, and he also has a younger brother called Ike.

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