King Charles cancels his annual ski trip for first time in 45 years

King Charles cancels his annual ski trip to Klosters for the first time in 45 years – ‘so he doesn’t injure himself ahead of his coronation in May’

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King Charles has cancelled an annual lavish ski trip with friends so that he will be healthy for his coronation. 

The King has taken a skiing trip to Klosters in Switzerland almost every February or March for 45 years but wants to make sure he’s in top shape for the ceremony in May, a source said. 

The monarch will travel abroad before he is crowned, on official visits to France and Germany in March, but won’t be hitting the slopes. 

Aides are understood to have been keen for the 74-year-old King’s first trip abroad since the death of Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September to be for an official visit. 

It comes as details of the three-day festivities for the crowning are released, including a concert to be held at Windsor Castle.   

The King, pictured here during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London, will eschew traditional coronation garbs for military uniform  

King Charles has cancelled an annual trip skiing with friends over injury concerns ahead of the coronation in May 

A source told The Sun that the monarch has also been conscious of the current cost-of-living crisis while making the decision to cancel the traditional trip. 

‘There are many factors at play, not least it’s a bad look to go skiing during the cost-of-living crisis and the King is not a very ostentatious person.

‘Also it would be disastrous to suffer a skiing accident,’ the source said. 

‘All focus’ is said to be on the upcoming coronation.  

The King – then the Prince of Wales – narrowly escaped death in an avalanche which killed his friend Major Hugh Lindsay in 1988. 

The three-day celebrations for the King’s coronation will begin with the official ceremony on May 6 and will also see a concert hosted at Windsor Castle. 

The official crowning will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey where His Majesty will shun royal garb in favour of military clothing, in a bid to update the ceremony.

A procession will then lead the newly-crowned King past thousands of people who will line the streets to Buckingham Palace, where he will then join members of his family on the balcony to wave at the masses.

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Charles was said to be happy to wear the same garments as his great-grandfather George V, pictured here in his coronation robes with his wife Mary of Teck, but aides are said to have dissuaded him from doing so

May 6

The King and Queen Consort will proceed to Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony.

After the ceremony they will take part in a second procession to Buckingham Palace, before appearing on the balcony.

May 7

Britons are encouraged to hold street parties and take part in the Big Lunch.

A celebratory concert will take place at Windsor Castle, featuring an exclusive performance from the Coronation Choir.

May 8

An extra bank holiday has been scheduled for May 8.

Members of the public are encouraged to spend time volunteering for charity as part of the Big Help Out. 

The next day Windsor Castle is set to host a concert which will be televised around the world, with thousands of street parties earlier in the afternoon as people gather to celebrate the occasion. 

This will be followed by a Bank Holiday on Monday, with millions of people set to get a day off work.

The coronation, which takes place on the first weekend of May this year, will see Charles champion refugees, diversity and volunteering.

It will begin with the crowning of Charles and Camilla, the queen consort, on Saturday, May 6.

The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will be preceded by a procession from Buckingham Palace to the abbey.

The path will be lined by members of the armed forces including sailors, soldiers and airmen and women.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to take part in the procession, possibly with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, along with their children Archie and Lilibet, may also feature.

The Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal are expected to take part as Prince Charles’ siblings. 

It is thought despite recent controversy Prince Andrew may play a role – although it is unknown whether he will be able to wear military uniform, as he and Prince Harry are no longer working royals.

In a break with tradition, Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned alongside her husband by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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