coronation of king charles will be held on Saturday May 6 at Westminster Abbey, where he will be crowned alongside Queen Camilla. And the preparations have already begun, with The crown that will be the centerpiece of the ancient ceremony removed from its home in the Tower of London in preparation.
St Edward’s crown, used to crown the sovereign during the coronation, is now undergoing “alteration work” ahead of the May service. The crown, which is part of the Crown Jewels, will be placed on Charles’ head by the Archbishop of Canterbury during the investiture part of the coronation ceremony. It will then be removed and replaced with the Imperial State Crownwhich Charles will use to exit the Abbey and appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Described by Historic Royal Palaces, which manages the Tower of London, as “the most important and sacred of all crowns” It weighs 2.23 kg with a solid gold frame and 444 stones. Like many of today’s crown jewels, it was made for the coronation of King Charles II in 1661 after the monarchy was restored in 1660. The original set of jewels was destroyed by order of Oliver Cromwell when the monarchy was abolished and the King Charles I executed in 1649. The original St Edward’s crown was thought to date from the 11th century.
“The crown was commissioned from the royal goldsmith, Robert Vyner, in 1661,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement today. “Although not an exact replica of the medieval design, it follows the original by having four crosses-patée and four fleurs-de-lys, and two arches. It is made up of a solid gold frame set with rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnets, topazes and tourmalines.
The King’s coronation will include the core elements of the millennial ceremony, but is also expected to reflect more modern times. Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned alongside him, but it has not yet been confirmed which crown she will wear. The crown worn by the last Queen Consort, the Queen Mother, when she was crowned in 1937 has caused controversy because it contains Koh-i-Noor Diamond. This was presented to Queen Victoria during the height of the British Empire, but his property is a hotly contested issue, with those in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan laying claim to the gem.
Other insignia used at the coronation contain the Diamond Cullinanthat was found in South Africa in 1905. This occurs both in the Scepter and Imperial State Crown and its property sparked arguments when they appeared on Queen Elizabeth’s coffin as she lay in state.
Town Country Contributing editor Victoria Murphy has reported on the British Royal Family since 2010. She has interviewed Prince Harry and traveled the world covering various royal tours. she was the daily mirrorRoyal correspondent for and is a frequent contributor to Good Morning America.