St Edward’s Crown has been removed from the Tower of London and is being fitted for the King ahead of the coronation.
Buckingham Palace said the historic centerpiece of the crown jewels had been taken so that renovation work could begin ahead of the May 6 ceremony.
The movement of the priceless crown was kept secret until it was safely delivered.
Versions of St Edward’s Crown are believed to have been used for the coronation of British and English monarchs since the 13th century.
Today’s crown was made in 1661 for Charles II as a replacement for the medieval crown that was melted down in 1649.
The original was believed to go back to the 11th-century royal saint, Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England.
It is St Edward’s Crown that appears in the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, the Royal Mail logo and Armed Forces insignia.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday: “St Edward’s Crown, the historic centerpiece of the Crown Jewels, has been removed from the Tower of London to allow the conversion work to begin ahead of the coronation on Saturday 6 May 2023.”
The coronation takes place at Westminster Abbey, eight months after the monarch’s accession to the throne and the death of the queen.
It goes without saying that the ceremony embraces the same core elements of traditional worship, which has shared a similar structure for more than 1,000 years, while acknowledging the spirit of our time.
Charles’s coronation is expected to be smaller and shorter, with suggestions it could last as little as an hour.
It is also expected to be more inclusive of multi-religious Britain than previous coronations, but it will be an Anglican service, with the Queen Consort being crowned alongside Charles.
The number of guests will be reduced from 8,000 to around 2,000, with peers expected to wear suits and gowns instead of ceremonial robes, and a number of rituals, such as the presentation of gold bars, will be scrapped.
It comes after reports that in recognition of Britain’s cost of living crisis, the king was planning a reduced and “less expensive” ceremony than that of the late queen in 1953, lasting around three hours.
The coronation of Elizabeth II was a carnival of celebrations, with half a million spectators lining her processional route on June 2nd.
Despite initial reservations, the late Queen eventually agreed that television cameras were present at Westminster Abbey to capture the historic event and license holders were doubly excited.
An estimated 27 million people in the UK alone watched the coronation live on their black-and-white televisions, and the images were broadcast around the world.
The uncrowned Queen Elizabeth II set off from Buckingham Palace in the Golden State Coach. The procession included some 250 people, including traditional representatives of the Crown, Church and State, when it entered the Abbey.
Her coronation gown, by couturier Norman Hartnell, was a white satin gown and set with diamonds, gold and silver bullion, seed pearls, crystals, pale amethysts and sequins for a shimmering effect.
The service, which was attended by more than 8,000 worshipers, began with a statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, to the assembled Bishops: “Gentlemen, I present to you Queen Elizabeth, your undisputed Queen.”
After the ceremony, trumpets sounded and royal gun salutes were fired at the Tower of London and elsewhere.
Each Prime Minister of the Commonwealth had his own carriage for the longer retreat to the palace, and a coronation chicken was invented for the foreign guests who were to be entertained afterwards.
The night drew to a close as hundreds of thousands watched a lavish coronation fireworks display on London’s Victoria Embankment.
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