The crowning of King Charles and Queen Camilla is now only a few days away. Preparations for the historic event have been ongoing for months, and all of the senior royals have various roles to play.

While some, like Prince George, will play larger roles, others, like Prince Harry, are not expected to be as involved.

Millions of people in the United Kingdom will celebrate the coronation of the new king and queen, but the monarchy is not universally regarded favourably. Indeed, recent news about the public swearing of allegiance, which is set to take place when Charles is crowned, has reportedly upset many people.

Needless to say, the coronation is supposed to be a joyful and happy occasion. However, with less than a week to go, the historic event has been hit by a massive tragedy.

The United Kingdom will witness a monarch’s coronation for the first time since 1953. King Charles and Queen Camilla will be coronated at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6. Naturally, the weekend’s itinerary is jam-packed.

Naturally, the coronation preparations have been ongoing for months. Unfortunately, just days before the wedding, King Charles and the rest of the royal family received tragic news.

Lady Elizabeth Kerr, Duchess of Buccleuch and wife of the Duke of Buccleuch, Richard Scott, died suddenly at the age of 68.

Scott was to play a ceremonial role at King Charles’ coronation, carrying the Sceptre with Cross. At the time of writing, it was unclear whether he would still participate.

The sceptre, which was last seen during the late Queen’s funeral in September, has been used at the coronation of every British monarch since 1661. The Royal Collection Trust explains that it “represents the sovereign’s temporal power and is associated with good governance.”

The Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Euzavetg Kerr, reportedly died after a brief illness, according to her family. In 1981, she married Richard Scott, whose godmother was Princess Margaret.

Lady Elizabeth Kerr graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After marrying the Duke, she went on to work at BBC Radio 4 and then BBC Radio Solway.

The Duchess later established the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which is granted to budding writers.