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The king’s coronation is today – so what crown(s) will he wear? (Photo by Alastair Grant – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

King Charles III will be officially crowned alongside Queen Camilla today.

His Majesty’s coronation will be a historic event, but he has been the monarch of the United Kingdom since September 2022.

Of course, many will be curious to see which crown the king will be crowned with during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

We already know that Queen Camilla is crowned with the Queen Mary’s Crown but reset with the Cullinan III, IV and V Diamonds.

So what crown is used for the coronation of the king? And will he wear any other crowns during the celebrations?

Here’s everything you need to know.

With which crown is King Charles III. crowned?

King Charles III will be crowned St Edward’s Crown.

It is traditional for the monarch to wear the solid gold St Edward’s Crown at the moment of coronation – often referred to as the centerpiece of the crown jewels.

St Edward's Crown up close

St Edward’s Crown, pictured in 2013 (Image: JACK HILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In fact, it was worn by the king’s late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, during her own coronation in June 1953.

And by the King’s late grandfather, King George VI, at his coronation in May 1937.

The crown is hundreds of years old – until 1661 when it was made for King Charles II.

Coronation of King Charles III. At latest

The historic coronation of Her Majesties King Charles III. and Queen Camilla takes place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May 2023.

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An earlier, medieval version of the crown was melted down in 1649 after the English Civil War.

It was thought to date from the 11th century and Edward the Confessor – the last Anglo-Saxon king of England – which explains the name.

In December 2022, St Edward’s Crown was removed from its place among the crown jewels in the Tower of London to undergo “amendment work” ahead of the coronation.

St Edward's Crown

St Edward’s Crown is the star of the crown jewels and is historically worn by monarchs at their coronation (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
King Charles when he was installed as The Prince of Wales in 1969 – having received the title in 1958 (Image: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

And in February 2023, Buckingham Palace confirmed the work was complete and the crown was back in the Tower of London.

St Edward’s Crown will be on the road again today (Saturday 6 May) as it travels to Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony to play its historic role.

However, that’s not the only crown we’ll see on Charles’ head.

During the coronation, the king will also wear them Imperial State Crown.

One of the most iconic pieces of the Crown Jewels, it was poignantly displayed beneath the insignia placed on the late Queen’s coffin during the laying-out and funeral.

It is also present at every Landtag opening.

This crown dates from 1937 and was made by jewelers Garrard & Company for the coronation of George VI.

It is set with diamonds and adorned with many precious stones – including a sapphire believed to have belonged to Edward the Confessor.

It was also worn by Elizabeth II towards the end of her coronation as it is lighter to wear than St Edward’s Crown.

Still, in a clip broadcast by the BBC, the late Queen described the Imperial State Crown as “unwieldy” and joked that “your neck would break” if you tried to look down while wearing it.

When the King was installed as Prince of Wales in 1969, he wore the investiture crown – composed of a gold frame, purple velvet and elements of platinum, silver and emerald.

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