Eco-warrior King Charles reportedly asked ministers to block the renaming of a terminal at Heathrow Airport using his name, in a bid to mark his Coronation.
The touching plans are said to have been drawn up by Heathrow officials as a means of marking his ascent to the throne, which will become official on May 6.
However, the King wasn't hot on Terminal 5 bearing his name, choosing to politely turn the offer down – almost a decade after Terminal 2 was named the Queen’s Terminal, in 2014, the Mirror reports.
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The Times revealed the King’s polite refusal, and reported a government source cited “environmental considerations” as the kicker for his decision.
A second source told the outlet it was turned down because of the lack of close connections between Charles and the airport.
Instead, the airport is marking the Coronation with a commemorative luggage tag.
The King has long been an active environmentalist, and at Cop26 in Glasgow last year he called on the country to move to a “war-like footing” to deal with the “existential threat” that was climate change.
He also called for a move from the “fossil-fuel-based economy” to a sustainable one.
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However, Charles has faced criticism for his frequent use of private jets and helicopters despite his repeated rhetoric.
Use of the monarch’s name and title, and the ‘royal’ description more generally is tightly controlled by the family and the exact criteria that allows royal naming has never been made public.
Last year the Kennel Club was granted royal designation in recognition of the late Queen’s love of dogs.
But the new Elizabeth Line in London didn’t need it as it didn’t include the world “Queen” or “Royal”.
Heathrow Airport have been approached for comment.
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