Dick Hanscom passed along this Daily Mail article about a controversy over some special commemorative Coronation medals. Thanks.
King Charles is said to be furious that some members of the Armed Forces and the police may miss out on special commemorative Coronation medals.
Details of the medal were expected to have been announced by now, but a row over Government funding is said to be holding up plans.
There are fears that the cost of decorating hundreds of thousands of uniformed personnel could run to £35million – and that there is not enough metal to do it.
However, sources close to the King said that he wanted all serving frontline members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and the Armed Forces to be given a medal – just as they were during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee last year. They said: ‘The King is furious about it. He believes that all service personnel who take part in the Coronation should receive a medal for doing so, along the lines of previous celebrations.'
While about 120,000 medals were issued at the Queen's Coronation in 1953, only 10,000 are expected this time – though sources dispute this figure.
These are expected to go to key people involved in the big day, as well as members of the Royal household.
Home Office sources said that while they supported the plans, they had raised concerns about how they would be funded amid fears that the money would have to come out of existing budgets.
One said: ‘We support giving Coronation medals to Armed Forces personnel and other uniformed officers. Along with other departments, we've asked for a cross-Government approach to provide the funding for these medals.'
The medal is not expected to be ready in time for May 6, but will be handed out at a later date. Its design is yet to be unveiled, but the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said it is still considering options.
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Row over bid to limit Coronation medals: King Charles 'furious' that some members of the Armed Forces and police may miss out on commemorative honours
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