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Buckingham Palace unveil new details about King Charles' coronation

Yorkshire Live logo Yorkshire Live 04/12/2022 Victoria Scheer

Buckingham Palace has revealed new details of King Charles' coronation in May next year.

Preparations are already well underway and one of the crowns which will be used for the ceremony, has been secretly removed from the Tower of London for re-sizing. As is tradition, the King will be crowned with St Edward's Crown at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6.

The historic centrepiece of the crown jewels was made for Charles II in 1661 and was worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953. It was made as a replacement for the medieval crown which had been melted down in 1649.

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The original was thought to date back to the eleventh-century royal saint, Edward the Confessor – the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. The crown was commissioned from the Royal Goldsmith, Robert Vyner, in 1661.

In a statement issued this weekend, the palace said: "Although it is not an exact replica of the medieval design, it follows the original in having four crosses-pattée and four fleurs-de-lis, and two arches. It is made up of a solid gold frame set with rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnet, topazes and tourmalines."

The Imperial State Crown (left) and St Edward's Crown © Royal Collection Trust/His Majesty King Charles III 2022 The Imperial State Crown (left) and St Edward's Crown

The crown has a velvet cap with an ermine band. The Archbishop of Canterbury will be the one to place the crown on the King's head during the investiture part of the coronation ceremony.

It will then be removed and replaced with the Imperial State Crown. Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned alongside King Charles, but it has not yet been confirmed which crown she will wear.

King Charles is believed to be leaning towards a shorter and "far cheaper" coronation with a much smaller number of guests. Prime minister Rishi Sunak has already confirmed an additional bank holiday to mark the coronation.

It will fall on Monday, May 8, following the festivities two days before. The bank holiday will take place across the United Kingdom.

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