King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla began their journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in central London in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. King Charles III was crowned on Saturday after succeeding his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, following her death. Although 70 years have passed since Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, certain royal protocols remain unchanged and King Charles III will have to adhere to these rules.
One protocol is that members of the British royal family must accept all gifts presented to them during tours or engagements, but they must not accept any gift, hospitality, or service which would or might appear to place that royal “under any obligation to the donor”. The King is also prohibited from consuming food or drinks offered by strangers for safety reasons. The royal family is advised against eating shellfish to avoid the risk of food poisoning, which could hinder their busy schedules.
When two direct heirs to the throne are traveling, they must take separate flights in case of an emergency. Therefore, after his coronation, King Charles III will not be allowed to travel on the same plane as his son and heir to the throne, Prince William, to ensure their safety. The King is required to adhere to several dress codes when traveling abroad, including always packing a black outfit in case they need to attend a sudden funeral and dressing in a way that reflects the local tradition of the country they are visiting.
While it’s not against royal protocol to take selfies with fans, the late Queen reportedly frowned upon it. The royals must be cautious while dining and avoid shellfish due to the risk of shellfish poisoning. No selfies are allowed at royal events and the King must follow this protocol.
These protocols are in place for the safety and protection of the royal family and are traditions that have been followed for generations.