Princess Anne has been given a starring role in the King's Coronation in honour of her loyalty over the years.

King Charles' sister, Anne, Princess Royal, 72, will be in the procession as the prestigious "Gold-Stick-in-Waiting", a position historically handed to a person entrusted with the personal safety of the sovereign.

As a “personal aide-de-camp” to her brother, Anne will travel on horseback behind the newly crowned King and Queen after the service at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

While Charles and Camilla will ride in the traditional Gold State Coach back to Buckingham Palace, Anne will lead the larger procession featuring 6,000 armed services personnel.

The King, 74, personally told his younger sister of his wish and how she was incredibly honoured” to be handed the role, royal sources revealed to the Mirror.

The siblings are known to have shared a close relationship since they were young, with Charles often jealous of Anne’s closeness with their late father, Prince Philip.

Royal insiders also shared that Charles often leans on his trusted sister for advice and likes her “no nonsense attitude”.

A 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 honour of "Gold-Stick-in-Waiting" dates all the way back to the 15th century during Tudor times, when two officers – a Gold Stick and a Silver Stick, were placed close to the sovereign to protect them from danger.

The role of Gold Stick, which is only demonstrated on ceremonial and state occasions, is held jointly by the Colonels of the Life Guards (LG) and the Blues and Royals (RHG/D) – both being Regiments of the Household Cavalry of the Household Division.

The Silver Stick 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.

Anne was also a former personal ADC to her late mother the Queen and for many years was seen riding on horseback during occasions such as the Trooping the Colour and to mark the sovereign’s official birthday.

The larger ceremonial procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace will include Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth and the British Overseas Territories, and all Services of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, alongside The Sovereign’s Bodyguard and Royal Watermen.

Members of the royal family will also join this procession, including the Prince and Princess of Wales.

At Buckingham Palace, the newly crowned King and Queen will appear on the balcony to the nation, with other members of the royal family joining them.

A source for the Mirror 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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