Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was not initially invited to the official ceremony for King Charles III's coronation, however, she has since received a personal invitation to attend the celebratory concert on the 7th. The ex-wife of Prince Andrew will be seated in a VIP section during the musical performance on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle.
Prince Charles, who will become King Charles III following the official ceremony at Westminster Abbey on May 6th, has extended a personal invitation to Fergie. The Duchess has expressed her gratitude for the invitation, as well as her understanding of why she was not invited to the ceremony itself.
"I am divorced from Prince Andrew, so I don't expect to be included in official royal events such as this," she said in a recent interview. "I fully understand that you can't have it both ways. You can't be divorced and then expect to be treated as a member of the royal family."
Ferguson and Prince Andrew divorced in 1996 after six years of marriage. The couple is blessed with two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who will both be in attendance at the coronation ceremony.
While she will not be present for the official coronation ceremony, Fergie has shared her plans for celebrating the occasion. She will be hosting a small tea party and enjoying a coronation chicken sandwich while putting up bunting to mark the occasion. She also plans to visit a nearby elderly home to watch the ceremony on television and may even bring along her dogs and some sandwiches to share with the residents.
In addition to attending the coronation concert and hosting her own celebration, Fergie has been invited to a private after-party where she will have the opportunity to see various members of the royal family.
The Duchess has been busy promoting her latest book, 'A Most Intriguing Lady', and has been candid about her experiences as a member of the royal family and her life after divorce. Despite the challenges she has faced, Fergie remains positive and grateful for her many blessings.
"I feel very lucky to have had the experiences that I have had and to be able to continue to engage in meaningful work and to support causes that are important to me," she said. "I am excited to see what the future holds and to continue to live my life to the fullest."