Royal SNUB: The Queen’s worries over ‘troublesome’ Prince Charles REVEALED
THE Queen’s worries about Prince Charles’ disruptive behaviour was cause for concern and the troublesome young prince nearly missed out on his mother’s coronation.
On June 2 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place and the whole country joined in celebration. The massed London crowds refused to have their spirits dampened by the poor weather as they waited for the special day to begin. However, behind the scenes was a different matter, as the Queen was losing her patience with Prince Charles’ behaviour during previous social functions and his upcoming appearance at her coronation was in jeopardy.
In “Charles, Prince of Wales” by Anthony Holden, the author describes how the “fidgety” Prince, who was six at the time, was almost snubbed by the Queen before her coronation was to take place.
It was the first time in British history that a sovereign with an heir so young was to be crowned. The Queen was reluctant to put Charles through such an ordeal, and according to Mr Holden “knew that worries about his behaviour” would “stretch her own taut nerves”.
The book, published in 1979, describes an incident that occurred at Sandringham and Balmoral, where Charles had to be taken out of the parish church for fidgeting during the sermon.
Two days before his birthday, the Queen accompanied Charles on his first public appearance, however, boredom set in during the program and he was taken home.
Prince Charles was “spared the solemn oath of allegiance”, and a decision was postponed on whether he would attend the Queen’s coronation at all.
There was even a last-minute change of heart as Charles’ name did not appear in the official coronation programme, indicating that the Queen had thought it best to leave him at home.
However, the young royal “begged to be allowed to come” and the Queen softened her stance, according to Anthony Holden.
While wearing a white satin suit and with his hair slicked down, Charles watched his mother drive through the cheering crowds in the state coach.
A worrying moment for Charles occurred during the procession, when he saw his mother surrounded by men in extravagant uniforms, preparing to anoint her hands, breast and head with oil.
The Queen was seen to look and give Charles a reassuring little smile.
Only once during the ceremony did the Queen Mother have to restrain the little Prince when he leaned over the balcony for a better view.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK