A Summer to Remember the Coronation of Charles III, at Buckingham

A Summer to Remember the Coronation of Charles III, at Buckingham

From July 14 to September 24, 2023, Buckingham Palace is hosting an exhibition that chronicles the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. An opportunity for the public to experience the May 6th celebrations (almost) as if they were there.

The Buckingham Ballroom opens its doors for a very special event to which all visitors to the palace are invited. From 14 July to 24 September, the Royal Collection presents some of the iconic items from the coronations of King Charles and Queen Camilla. Christened the “coronation display”, the exhibition took place under impressive chandeliers ballroom, on the second floor of the building. From the majestic furniture to the formal costumes worn by the sovereign couple, there is everything to re-live this moment in history throughout the summer.

Coronation Special Exhibition in the Ballroom.
Coronation Special Exhibition in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace. © Royal Collection Trust

Among these treasures, the two thrones used by George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the day of their coronation in 1937, and on which Charles and Camilla sat on 6 May, are displayed next to each other, close to the huge consecration screen. , The latter, designed by iconographer Aidan Hart and embroidered with a central motif in the shape of a tree – whose 56 branches represent the 56 member states of the Commonwealth – is used to shield the monarch from prying eyes during the ceremony. it was done. while the Archbishop of Canterbury anointed him with holy oil on his hands, chest and head.

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Next to the consecration screen are the throne chairs used by Their Majesties for the enthronement and homage.
The thrones used by Their Majesties the King and Queen on Coronation Day next to the consecration screen. © Royal Collection Trust/© His Majesty King Charles III 2023

several reward Also shown to the public are the glove symbolizing sobriety, which King Charles placed on his right hand during the ceremony, and the gold buckle-adorned belt that completed the golden tunic. True museum pieces, the components of the exhibition have been carefully installed by curators. But the highlight of the show remains the coronation attire of the king and queen.

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King's coronation glove and girdle.
King’s coronation glove and girdle. © Mok Yue/PA Wire/ABACA

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Preserved behind glass, everyone can admire the red coronation tunic of George VI and the robes of state worn by Charles. Right next door are Queen Camilla’s dress made by Bruce Oldfield and the State Coat of Arms made for Elizabeth II in 1953. Apart from the historical significance of these costumes, their invaluable value lies in the richness of the materials used and the finesse of the work done. for their construction.

Coronation Summer Exhibition 2023 at Buckingham Palace
Coronation Summer Exhibition 2023 at Buckingham Palace ©Yui Mok/PA Photo/ABACAPRESS.COM

A work of art in its own right, the embroidery on the coat of arms of sovereigns is not only decorative but represents elements dear to the king or queen. As such, the jewelery on Camilla’s dress bears the names of her grandchildren and her two Jack Russells.

Close-up of embroidered details of the Queen's coronation robes, including the name of one of Her Majesty's Jack Russell Terriers and one of her grandchildren.
Close-up of embroidered details of the Queen’s coronation dress, which includes the name of one of the Queen’s Jack Russell Terriers and one of her grandchildren. © Royal Collection Trust/© His Majesty King Charles III 2023
Close-up of the Queen's robes, embroidered details on the Queen's robes, depicting a butterfly and bees.
Close-up of embroidered detail of the Queen’s dress, which represents floral motifs, a butterfly and bees. © Royal Collection Trust/© His Majesty King Charles III 2023

Jewelery and accessories worn by Charles and Camilla are also on display: shoes matching the Queen’s dress, her dazzling diamond coronation necklace and the insignia of the Sovereign Order of the Garter can now be seen by visitors.

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The coronation necklace belonged to Queen Victoria.
The coronation necklace belonged to Queen Victoria. © Royal Collection Trust/All rights reserved

Finally, arguably the most impressive piece of the exhibit, Diamond Jubilee Stage Coach – The Diamond Jubilee State Carriage – is staged in front of the palace’s forecourt, which offers a spectacular view of its golden details.

The luxurious Diamond Jubilee State Coach, a recent creation full of symbolism.
The luxurious Diamond Jubilee State Coach, a recent creation full of symbolism. © Daily Mail/DMG Media Licensing/ABACA

However, not all coronation sites are visible. St Edward’s Crown, over two kilos of solid gold jewelry and the most sacred symbol of royal power, is still housed within the Tower of London, having been added without delay at the end of the coronation.

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St. Edward’s Crown and others reward Coronation of British kings. © Efe/ABACA

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