Coronation Updates and Bits & Bytes

Coronation Updates and Bits & Bytes

I’m again with a publish protecting a fast vogue replace, in addition to particulars on the Coronation, now only a bit greater than three weeks away.  


We start with a take a look at a video I forgot to incorporate in current posts. It exhibits the Princess of Wales talking concerning the Shaping Us marketing campaign with Richard Walker, CEO of Iceland shops.  

The Princess and Mr. Walker had been taped at an Iceland retailer in Buckinghamshire; the video was launched on the finish of March. 

In the primary a part of the chat, the pair mentioned how companies corresponding to Iceland can assist early years growth for kids to allow them to construct expertise which is able to assist them excel of their careers in later life.  

During the dialog she mentioned with Mr Walker how companies can assist kids and their carers to assist set the foundations for key employability expertise ‘within the earliest years of our lives’.






Now to the Coronation. Banners are flying.


Scaffolding is being erected. 



And preparations are properly underway at Westminster Abbey. The media was invited to a preview on the Abbey on Wednesday. 


One of the gadgets on show: the Coronation Chair. 


Also referred to as St. Edward’s Chair or King Edward’s Chair, the piece was created for the Coronation of King Edward II in 1308.  Twenty-six monarchs, together with Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, have been topped within the chair.


The Coronation Chair is the oldest piece of furnishings within the United Kingdom which continues to be used for its authentic objective.

The chair has left the Abbey on only a few events. When monarchy was in query, it nonetheless held its significance because the chair that Oliver Cromwell selected to be put in upon as Lord Protector in Westminster Hall. During the Second World War, it was evacuated to Gloucester Cathedral to be able to keep away from any harm from the Blitz.

A better view. 


The Abbey notes, “Most of the graffiti on the again a part of the Chair is the results of Westminster schoolboys and guests carving their names within the 18th and nineteenth centuries.”


Last week, a picture exhibiting the invitation was launched. 

One of probably the most dominant components of the invitation is the colourful Green Man, “an historical determine from British folklore, symbolic of spring and rebirth, to rejoice the brand new reign.” The invites are being printed on recycled card inventory with gold foil detailing. More from the official coronation website

British wildflower meadow bordering the invitation options lily of the valley, cornflowers, wild strawberries, canine roses, bluebells, and a sprig of rosemary for remembrance, along with wildlife together with a bee, a butterfly, a ladybird, a wren and a robin. Flowers seem in groupings of three, signifying The King changing into the third monarch of his identify. 

The invitation was designed by Andrew Jamieson, “a heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator whose work is impressed by the chivalric themes of Arthurian legend. Mr. Jamieson is a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, of which The King is an Honorary Member.” Below, a picture Mr. Jamieson shared on Twitter.

One of the most important subjects of dialog is the gown code for the occasion. Many will keep in mind photos of the late Queen at her 1953 coronation, seen beneath within the iconic Cecil Beaton picture marking the day. 


Sir Norman Hartnell designed the Queen’s robe. 


A better take a look at among the embroidery on the robe. 


King Charles is reportedly getting ready to swap the stockings and breeches worn at coronations by his male predecessors for a navy uniform, probably that of Admiral of the Fleet, which he wore for the State Opening of Parliament final May.

Below, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on the State Opening of Parliament. 


While Charles III will start the ceremony within the Robe of State, he’ll go away Westminster Abbey as a topped King and sporting a luxurious Robe of Estate.

Most robes are made anew for every coronation. The present exceptions are the Supertunica, which was made for George V’s 1911 coronation, and the Robe Royal, which was made for George IV’s coronation in 1821.

Below, the Sovereign’s Coronation Robes (the Supertunica And Imperial Mantle) as displayed on the Tower of London in 1994.

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In the Cecil Beaton picture above, you see the Queen sporting the Robe of Estate, crafted of purple silk and velvet. Below, a full-length view of the gown throughout final 12 months’s Platinum Jubilee exhibition at Windsor Castle. 


Royal Central additionally notes, “…it’s not but been introduced whether or not King Charles III may have a brand new Robe of Estate or whether or not he’ll reuse that of his grandfather. King George VI’s Robe of Estate was a lot much less closely adorned than the one worn by Queen Elizabeth II.” 


Oldfield’s design for Camilla is unlikely to be as lavish because the late Queen’s coronation gown which was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell in 1953 and integrated gold beads, diamantes and pearls. She is a Queen Consort, not the monarch. It would be the grandest outfit we’ve ever seen her in although. This is greater than only a gown, it’s a historic artefact. 


The form will probably be conventional and impeccably tailor-made, probably reflecting the silhouette which Oldfield has honed for Camilla.

Below, the Queen Consort sporting Bruce Oldfield eventually month’s state dinner in Germany. I’ll have extra on the jewellery and crowns the King and Queen will put on for his or her coronations in a future publish. 


As far because the Princess of Wale, and different royal relations, we don’t but know what we’ll see. It’s doable the gown code is not going to require tiaras and/or coronets (small crowns). More from this People story, which notes, “PEOPLE understands the dialog across the determination continues to be ongoing.” The report quotes Lauren Kiehna, maybe higher referred to as The Court Jeweller

Looking again at previous coronations, there’s a precedent for girls within the royal household to put on bejewelled toppers.


“Tiaras had been worn by almost each royal girl on the Queen’s coronation in 1953, as properly numerous aristocratic ladies however instances have definitely modified in 70 years,” Lauren Kiehna, author of The Court Jeweller tells PEOPLE.


“I’m definitely hoping we’ll see coronation tiaras, nevertheless it’s doable that Charles is following the instance of a few of his European counterparts, just like the King of the Netherlands, and setting a daytime formal gown code for the occasion,” says royal jewellery professional, Kiehna.


Some information tales reference tiaras and robes because the anticipated apparel, whereas others say they’re not prone to be worn. The following is from a Hello story.  

While the hope of glittering robes and diamond-laden tiaras appears much less probably than first anticipated, Parliamentary members invited to the coronation have reportedly been instructed that formal gown is just not inspired. 

I count on we’ll hear one thing definitively on the gown code within the subsequent week. 

Also as we speak, phrase about Prince George’s particular position within the ceremony.

He has been chosen as one in every of eight Pages of Honour. The position isn’t restricted to participation within the Coronation. As Metro reports, “A Page of Honour is a ceremonial place which requires participation in main ceremonies corresponding to coronations or the State Opening of Parliament.”

The King has chosen 4 pages of honour: 

  • Prince George, age 9
  • Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, 13
  • Nicholas Barclay, 13
  • Ralph Tollemache, 12

The Queen’s pages of honour embrace three grandsons and one great-nephew. 

  • Gus and Louis Lopes, age 12 (twin sons of Laura Lopes (née Parker Bowles) and Harry Lopes)
  • Freddy Parker Bowles, age 13 (son of Tom Parker Bowles and Sara Buys)
  • Arthur Elliott, age 10 (nice nephew)

The Mirror reports, “Prince George will probably be carrying a ceremonial sword on the King’s coronation” and notes the pages will put on “purple coats, white breeches, and stockings.” All three Wales kids are anticipated to experience within the carriage procession following the ceremony that may go from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.  

And lastly as we speak, there may be even a brand new emoji for the Coronation. 

It “depicts the Seventeenth-century gold jeweled St. Edward’s crown with purple velvet cap – the regalia which will probably be used to crown the king on 6 May,” per The Guardian. It will seem on Twitter with using any of the next hashtags: #Coronation, #CoronationLive performance, #CoronationWeekend, and #CoronationBigLunch.


There is not any scarcity of merchandise marking the occasion. 



I’ll have a publish subsequent week sharing among the out there goodies tied to the upcoming Coronation.  




Here is your complete six-minute dialog between the Princess and Mr. Walker. 


#ShapingUs – The Princess of Wales in conversation with Iceland Foods’ Richard Walker OBE

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This is an effective backgrounder on the Coronation Chair. 


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