King Charles III is the subject of a brand-new royal documentary, Charles III: The Coronation Year, which tracks his first year on the British throne. The film includes never-before-seen footage of rehearsals for the monarch's May 6 coronation, in which the King's sense of humor is on full display. In one exchange with his son and heir, Prince William, he even cracks a joke about his "sausage fingers."
The scene begins with the Prince of Wales fitting the Stole Royal robe on his father before stating: "On the day it's not going to go in, is it?"
Charles III replied: "No, [But] you haven't got sausage fingers like mine!"
The King and king-in-waiting then erupt into a fit of laughter. There is another humorous scene between father and son in which William rehearses the moment he must kiss his dad's cheek during the homage. He tickles his father's face before quipping: "Your left cheek is better," to laughter from His Majesty.
The program will also feature interviews with some members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, and feature behind-the-scenes moments of the monarch at work during his first full year as the head of state. Both Charles III and Queen Camilla watch as their coronation robes are refitted and embroidered, in addition to adjustments being made to the three crowns featured in the coronation in Westminster Abbey.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is also interviewed about his role in officiating the first crowning in nearly 70 years. "I have a memory that is probably about as good as our spaniel — in other words, zero," he shared when discussing the difficulty in memorizing his lines.
The documentary also explores the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, which immediately brought Charles III to the throne. The King is shown being overcome with emotion during the following 12 days of ceremony that simultaneously brought his reign into focus and allowed for the grieving of Britain's longest-reigning sovereign.
Her Majesty Queen Camilla, is also mentioned in the film by Princess Anne.
"I've known her a long time, off and on. Her understanding of the role and how much difference it makes to the King has been absolutely outstanding. This role is not something that she'd be a natural for, but she does it really well. She provides that change of speed and tone, that's equally important," the Princess Royal shared.
The documentary comes as the King nears completing his 16th month as Britain and the Commonwealth's new-ish monarch. Charles III has already completed three royal tours since claiming the Crown, and has held audiences with two prime ministers.
GBN reported on the royal documentary.