Chelsea footballer's starring role in King Charles’ coronation revealed…and it’s very prestigious | The SunApril 28, 2023
A CHELSEA footballer is set to have a starring role in King Charles' coronation.
Sam Kerr, 29, was named today as the official flag bearer for Australia at the coronation next week.
The Chelsea ace will lead a contingent of famous Aussie faces at Charles' grand crowning.
This delegation will include Aussie Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, governor general David Hurley, state governors and a number of other representatives at the Westminster Abbey occasion.
PM Anthony Albanese announced this afternoon the Matildas captain will be the flagbearer for the event on May 6.
"The prime minister will join the governor-general, state governors and a number of other Australian representatives (at the coronation), including Ms Sam Kerr OAM who will be the Australian flagbearer," a statement from Albanese's office said.
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Kerr is one of 14 Australian representatives for the coronation.
The special Australian guests were "chosen to show the world the best of our values: caring for others, serving community and championing progress," a government spokesperson said.
Singer Nick Cave, comedian Adam Hills, doctor and Street Side Medics founder Daniel Nour are just some of the famous Aussie names in attendance.
Other notable Australians include Jasmine Coe, who runs the first and only Aboriginal-owned art gallery in the UK and youth advocate Yasmin Poole.
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Kerr, who was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to football in 2022, will lead Australia’s charge at the Women’s World Cup on home soil later this year.
The 29-year-old striker is widely considered one of the best players in the world in the women's game.
And her form is likely to determine how far the Matildas go at the tournament which starts on July 20.
She has been regularly nominated for top global awards and is Australia’s all-time leading international goalscorer, in either men’s or women’s football.
The countdown is on for the coronation, which is set to see thousands of Brits swarm London in less than two weeks.
The finer details of the weekend have been revealed in recent days, including what time the flypast is, who carries the Crown Jewels and who is hosting the King's concert.
It comes after Brits were warned of travel chaos surrounding the coronation, and days leading up to it.
In a matter of days, streets across London will be cut off in preparation for the King's ceremony and events on May 6.
Full list of people tasked with ceremonial roles
Procession of The King and The Queen:
The Marquess of Anglesey, the Duke of Westminster, the Earl of Caledon and the Earl of Dundee – lead the procession and carry the Standards of the Quarterings of the Royal Arms and Standard of the Principality of Wales.
Francis Dymoke – carrying the Royal Standard instead of being the King's Champion at a coronation banquet on horseback like his ancestors.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Chief of the Defence Staff – acting as Lord High Constable of England, an office held for the day only.
Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk.
Earl of Erroll – as Lord High Constable of Scotland.
Earl of Crawford and Balcarres – as Deputy to the Great Steward of Scotland, the Prince of Wales.
Procession to the altar carrying the Queen Consort's regalia:
Barrister Baroness (Helena) Kennedy of The Shaws – carrying The Queen Consort's Rod with Dove
General Sir Patrick Sanders – carrying The Queen Consort's Sceptre with Cross
Duke of Wellington – carrying Queen Mary's Crown
Rt Reverend and Rt Hon the Lord Chartres – carrying The Queen Consort's Ring
Procession to the altar carrying the King's regalia:
General Sir Gordon Messenger, the Governor of HM Tower of London – carrying St Edward's Crown as Lord High Steward of England
Former MI5 chief Baroness Elizabeth Manningham-Buller – carrying St Edward's Staff
The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry – carrying the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross
Former children's TV presenter, now author and peer, Baroness Floella Benjamin – carrying the Sovereign's Sceptre with Dove
Dame Elizabeth Anionwu – carrying the Orb
The Keeper of the Jewel House, Brigadier Andrew Jackson – carrying The Sovereign's Ring
Petty Officer Amy Taylor – carrying the Sword of Offering and representing servicemen and women as a Royal Navy Petty Officer, a tribute to the King's military career
Lord Hastings and The Earl of Loudoun – carrying the Spurs
Lord President of the Council, Penny Mordaunt – carrying the Sword of State
Air Chief Marshal the Lord Peach – carrying the Sword of Mercy (The Curtana)
General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux – carrying the Sword of Spiritual Justice
General the Lord Houghton of Richmond – carrying the Sword of Temporal Justice
Participating in the act of recognition when the King is presented to the congregation at the start of the service:
The Archbishop of Canterbury
Baroness (Valerie) Amos
Lady Elish Angiolini
George Cross-holder Christopher Finney – chair of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association
Presenting the coronation regalia to the King and chosen on the advice of Government:
Lord Carrington, Lord Great Chamberlain – presenting the Spurs
Lord (Syed) Kamall- presenting the Armills
Baroness (Gillian) Merron – presenting the Robe Royal
The Most Reverend John McDowell, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh – presenting the Orb
Lord (Narendra) Patel – presenting the Ring
Lord (Indarjit) Singh of Wimbledon – presenting the Coronation Glove
The Most Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, and Episcopal Primus of Scotland – presenting the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross
The Most Reverend Andrew John, the Archbishop of Wales – presenting the Sovereign's Sceptre with Dove
The Archbishop of Canterbury – performing the crowning with St Edward's Crown
Presenting the regalia to the Queen Consort and chosen on the advice of Government:
The Rt Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, The Bishop of Dover – presenting The Queen Consort's Rod with Dove
The Rt Reverend and Rt Hon Lord Chartres – presenting The Queen Consort's Sceptre with Cross
Brigadier Andrew Jackson, The Keeper of the Jewel House at HM Tower of London – presenting The Queen Consort's Ring
The Archbishop of Canterbury – performing the crowning with Queen Mary's Crown
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