Why King Charles’ coronation crown could be worn for ‘only a few minutes’ as guests miss out on ‘wonderful’ moment
King Charles’ coronation crown could be worn for “only a few minutes” and guests could miss out on a “wonderful moment” as the ceremony draws nearer.
His Majesty might only wear St Edward’s Crown very briefly during his coronation ceremony in May.
A royal expert has suggested that the peers and peeresses also might not get to enjoy a special coronation tradition with crowns of their own.
This royal news comes as we revealed which royal bride wore the most expensive tiara on their big day.
As King Charles’ coronation day approaches more and more details have been announced, from the coronation concert at Windsor Castle to Queen Camilla’s coronation crown being confirmed as Queen Mary’s Crown. The crown that will be placed upon King Charles’ head during the service at Westminster Abbey, however, wasn’t the cause of so much speculation.
It was always understood that St Edward’s Crown would be King Charles’ coronation crown of choice given its historical role in such ceremonies, but it won’t be glimpsed for very long. Instead, it seems King Charles’ coronation crown could be only worn for a “few minutes” on the big day.
St Edward’s Crown was remade in the 17th century and the original was believed to date back to the 12th century and belonged to Edward the Confessor. Discussing St Edward’s Crown with OK!, royal expert and author Hugo Vickers gave intriguing details about the part it played in the late Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
“The St Edward’s Crown was made for Charles II. It’s a fantastically heavy crown, and it is only worn by the monarch for a few minutes during the coronation ceremony,” he said, seemingly suggesting that the weight of it is a huge contributing factor to its brief appearance.
Hugo continued, “In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in it while sitting in the ancient Coronation Chair, and she wore it as she was moved to the throne, where the peers then came and gave homage.”
After taking communion, the Queen took it off and then “briefly” put it back on again before removing it “never to wear it again during her reign”. She left the Abbey on coronation day wearing the Imperial State Crown instead. So sadly it seems that given it’s “fantastically heavy” it’s likely King Charles’ coronation crown will also be worn for a similarly short length of time, though he could also wear the State Crown later on.
And Hugo has predicted that the ceremony could also miss out on a “wonderful moment” that Queen Elizabeth’s coronation had. Traditionally when a King is crowned the peers of the realm put on their coronets which have designs specific to their rank and after a Queen Consort is crowned the peeresses do the same.
“I don’t think hereditary peers will be there, but I’m sure there will be a representative group of peers and they will probably wear parliamentary robes,” the royal expert claimed. “They probably won’t have that wonderful moment when the King is crowned and all the peers put on their coronets and crown themselves, and when the queen consort is crowned all the peeresses put on their coronets with their long white gloves that sweep up above their heads like swans.”
If the peers and royals with coronets don’t get this “moment”, then it’s unclear whether coronets could play a part or whether they could be worn into the Abbey. Either way, fans will still be treated to some pretty impressive royal headpieces on May 6.