Last update: 02 May 2023, 03:02 IST
The congregation of 2,200 who will gather at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday for the coronation of King Charles III will include royalty, world leaders as well as a number of Indian community workers associated with the charity initiatives of the monarch over the years as Prince of Wales, Buckingham. Palace said.
In a preview of the guest list unveiled on Monday evening, it emerged that an architect working on sustainability, a self-taught consultant and an aspiring chef are among the Indians who will take their place in the Abbey alongside chefs. state and government.
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar is expected to represent India at the stately ceremony, with golden carriages and royal regalia last seen 70 years ago when Charles’ late mother was crowned Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953 .
“Guests in attendance will include members of the Royal Family, as well as international representatives from 203 countries, including around 100 heads of state, alongside community and charity champions,” Buckingham Palace said.
Among them is Sourabh Phadke, a graduate of the Prince’s Foundation Building Crafts program and the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts – established in Dumfries House, Scotland, by Charles as Prince of Wales with a vision to provide holistic solutions to the challenges facing the world.
Phadke was among the cohort of students who completed the ‘live build’ of the summer house at the heart of Hillsborough Castle’s walled garden in 2018-19.
“Before arriving to study at Dumfries House, Sourabh, now 37, led a nomadic existence, moving from community to community to lead science and social studies teaching and using his degree in architecture and his earth building skills to help communities plan and build housing and school facilities,” the palace said in a statement.
Other young people associated with the former Prince of Wales’ charitable initiatives invited to his elevation as King include Gulfsha, who received the Prince’s Trust Global Award in 2022 in recognition of his exceptional determination and achievements demonstrated by his participation to the charity Get In program in India.
“Delivered by the Magic Bus India Foundation, partner of The Prince’s Trust International, Gulfsha completed the Get Into program that she had heard about at university. By learning through an online environment, Gulfsha honed a range of workplace skills and successfully interviewed for her very first job. She now works for a consulting firm, providing price estimates for construction projects,” the palace said.
From Canada, Jay Patel, of Indian descent, is also among the guests at the Abbey on Saturday for completing the Prince’s Trust Canada Youth Employment Program in May 2022.
“Jay learned valuable skills and landed a job as a cook at Toronto’s iconic CN Tower, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Now on his way to becoming a chef, Jay is passionate about inspiring others to find the same kind of support network that has helped him succeed,” the palace revealed.
In addition to guests seated in the abbey, 400 young people representing charities named by King and Queen Camilla and the British government will watch the coronation service and processions from inside St Margaret’s Church of the Westminster Abbey.
The general guest list will also include Members of Parliament, former British Prime Ministers, representatives of the Church and other faiths, representatives of the country’s defense services, Nobel laureates and recipients of the British Empire Medal (BEM).
There will also be several celebrities in the congregation, including American singer-songwriter Lionel Ritchie as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Kelly Jones, lead singer of the band Stereophonics, also for her association with the Trust.
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