Why Queen Camilla will not be wearing the Koh-I-Noor-studded crown at King Charles III's coronation?
Buckingham Palace, February 15: Buckingham Palace announced the news on its Instagram account, adding that Camilla will instead be wearing a recycled crown.
Queen Consort Camilla, will be crowned with Queen Mary's Crown, which has been removed from the Tower of London and resized in preparation for the coronation on May 6th. "Queen Mary's Crown has been removed from display at the Tower of London for modification work ahead of the Coronation in May," according to the statement. "The Queen Consort will wear the Crown, marking the first time in recent history that an existing crown will be used for the Coronation of a Consort rather than a new commission being made."
"In tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Crown will be reset with the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds. The diamonds were part of Queen Elizabeth II's personal jewellery collection for many years and were often worn by Her late Majesty as brooches..." the statement concluded.
The coronation of King Charles and his Queen Consort, Camilla, is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey.
A star-studded concert at Windsor Castle, a nationwide series of street parties, and a national volunteering campaign dubbed "The Big Help Out" are among the highlights.
"Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce additional details on the ceremonial, celebratory, and community events that will take place over the Coronation Weekend between Saturday, May 6th, and Monday, May 8th, 2023," said Buckingham Palace in a press release.
"The Service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. As previously announced, the Service will reflect the Monarch's role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry," read Buckingham Palace's release. Across the Coronation Weekend, there will be further opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the historic occasion.
On Sunday, 7th May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle by the BBC and BBC Studios, with several thousand pairs of tickets to be made available via a public ballot.
The Coronation Big Lunch, at which neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together, will take place across the country on the same date. On Monday, 8th May 2023, members of the public will be invited to take part in The Big Help Out, added the release. The Coronation Service will take place on the morning of Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Westminster Abbey.
"Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as 'The King's Procession'. After the Service, Their Majesties will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as 'The Coronation Procession'. Their Majesties will be joined in this procession by other Members of the Royal Family," added the release.
The concert will see a world-class orchestra play interpretations of musical favourites fronted by some of the world's biggest entertainers, alongside performers from the world of dance. Alongside the stars of the concert, the show will also see an exclusive appearance from The Coronation Choir. This diverse group will be created from the nation's keenest community choirs and amateur singers from across the United Kingdom, such as Refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs, said the release. The centrepiece of the Coronation Concert, 'Lighting up the Nation', will see the country join together in celebration as iconic locations across the United Kingdom are lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
That Monday, when many Britons will take advantage of a one-off May 8 holiday, the palace hopes that some will undertake volunteer work. Charles, as Prince of Wales, emphasized volunteer service through his charities and views that as a major legacy of his coronation, according to the palace.
However, the palace has left some important questions about the coronation unanswered, not least whether the king's younger son, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will be invited.