Why Kylie Minogue is believed to have turned down King's coronation concert
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King Charles III celebrated his ascension to the throne with a huge coronation concert packed with some iconic artists - but Aussie star Kylie Minogue was not among them.
The new king watched as Katy Perry, Olly Murs and Take That all celebrated his coronation from the stage at Windsor Castle on Sunday (7 May), with Queen Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton joining him to watch the show from the royal box.
The evening was filled with artists, but the lineup only came together after a number of other noteworthy stars declined the opportunity to take the stage.
Adele, Harry Styles and Elton John are just some of those reported to have turned down the offer, with excuses of scheduling conflicts or, more simply, just that they were 'busy'.
Minogue might have been high on a lot of people's lists as a potential performer as she previously took part in celebrations for Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
She celebrated the Queen's 92nd birthday with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, and following Her Majesty's death Minogue reflected back on their encounters.
"The occasions I had the honour of being in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, her energy, compassion and aura had a most singular brilliance," she wrote. "I was, and am, in awe. My deepest condolences to family and friends."
However, in spite of Minogue's previous links to the royals, she apparently wasn't too enthusiastic about the idea of putting on a show for the new king.
A source told the Mail Online: "She was approached by the team that has been tasked with getting a great line-up of stars and there has been some back and forth. However, she has very recently decided that she doesn’t think it is the right thing to do."
Her decision came after she moved back to Australia from England in 2021, with the source claiming she wanted to do right and be in her home country.
They continued: "Kylie has been an honorary Brit for many, many years, and admires the Royal Family and everything that they do. But she is also a passionate Australian and has read the room in a country that could very soon become a republic."
Following the Queen's death in September 2022, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard expressed belief the country would become a republic, saying: "I always thought that when the Queen did leave us, that it would cause a period of reflection.
“I always thought in Australia too it would unleash a new set of reflections about our own constitutional arrangements."
The former PM added at the time that there was 'no rush', and that there was 'time for measured discussion'.