Who is farmer Francis Dymoke and what is his role at King Charles' coronation? | The Sun

FARMER Francis Dymoke was one of more than two dozen ceremonial roles announced by Buckingham Palace on May 4.

But he is no stranger to the position having had his family play a distinguished role at every coronation. 

Who is Francis Dymoke?

Francis John Fane Marmion Dymoke is a former accountant and the 34th Lord of the Manor of Scrivelsby.

As the son of an Army officer, he spent most of his childhood on the move.

That was until his father inherited a Tudor house and 3,000 acres of tenanted farmland after the Second World War.

Dymoke then grew up in Marlborough and studied at Hull University before pursuing a career in accountancy.

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He inherited the estate after his father passed away.

What is Francis Dymoke' role in the coronation?

Francis Dymoke will act as the King's champion during the coronation on May 6.

He will fulfil a role that has been performed by members of his family since William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066.

Up until the 19th century, the role would mean he would have been expected to ride a horse into Westminster Hall to challenge anyone who disputed the power of the new king or queen.

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This usually took place at the start of the Coronation Banquet.

But this all came to an end with the crowning of King George IV in 1821.

Since then, the Champion of the King (or Queen) usually carry a standard or flag.

While the first Champion earned his role through long service to the king, Dymoke simply filled out an online form and explained his family's long-running involvement in the coronation.

Dymoke will be the 34th member of his family to take part in a coronation.

“This is the one moment in my life that really matters,” he told The Telegraph.

Who is in King Charles' coronation procession?

The procession will be led by the Marquess of Anglesey, the Duke of Westminster, the Earl of Caledon and the Earl of Dundee, who will carry the Standards of the Quarterings of the Royal Arms and the Standard of the Principality of Wales.

Dymoke will carry the Royal Standard.

Petty Officer Amy Taylor will be the first woman to bear the King’s Jewelled Sword Of Offering into the abbey.

She has been selected to represent servicemen and women in a tribute to the military career of Charles who also served as a naval officer.

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She said: “Having served most of my senior career as an aircraft engineer on 845 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton where His Majesty originally trained and served as a pilot, I am deeply honoured and humbled to play my part in this historic event.

“Coming from a farming family, His Majesty has always been such a great advocate for our community and someone I have admired growing up.”

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