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Princess Anne to receive starring role in King's coronation thanks to unwavering loyalty

Princess Anne has been handed a prestigious role by the King for his coronation - in honour of her unwavering loyalty to the monarchy.

The Princess Royal is said to be featured in the procession as the 'Gold-Stick-In-Waiting', reports the Mirror. This position is historically given to the person who is trusted with the personal safety of the sovereign.

As a “personal aide-de-camp” to His Majesty, Anne will ride on horseback behind King Charles and Queen Camilla after they are crowned on Saturday, May 6.

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As the new monarch and his wife ride in the Gold State Coach back to Buckingham Palace, Anne will lead the bigger procession of 6,000 armed services personnel.

The privilege dates back to the 15th century in Tudor times, when two officers were placed close to the sovereign to protect them from danger. There was a Gold and Silver Stick in those times.

Royal sources revealed how the King personally told his sister of his wish and how she was “incredibly honoured” to be handed the role.

Insiders also revealed how the King often leans on his sister Anne for advice - and is a fan of her “no nonsense attitude”.

A well placed palace source said: “The direction of the King’s decision is clear for all to see.

“He is rewarding the Princess Royal for her loyalty and her unwavering devotion to duty above all else.

“The King values his sister as a trusted lieutenant and this is the perfect example of such a relationship.”

The Gold Stick role is now only demonstrated on ceremonial and state occasions, and is held jointly by the Colonels of the Life Guards (LG) and the Blues and Royals (RHG/D).

Both of these are Regiments of the Household Cavalry of the Household Division. The aforementioned Silver Stick role is the Commander of the Household Cavalry, and holds the rank of colonel - and is in charge of all ceremonial duties for the sovereign.

As colonel of the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry, Anne has executed the role during previous state and ceremonial occasions.

Our source said: “The Coronation procession will be an incredible sight to behold.

“With many hundreds of millions watching across the world, it really will be an event for the ages.”

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “Further details of the Coronation Procession will be released in due course.”


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