the crown of Saint Edward will begin its preparations for the coronation of Charles III

Particularly heavy to wear – more than two kilograms – although it became lighter in 1911, this crown is the “most important and most sacred of all crowns”, according to the description made of it on the site of the royal palaces.

Only used for coronations – and indeed last worn in 1953 by Queen Elizabeth II – it was made for Charles II in 1661, to replace the medieval crown that was melted down by parliamentarians in 1649 after the execution of Charles I.

This solid gold crown is set with semi-precious stones, including rubies, amethysts and sapphires, and topped with a purple velvet hood encircled by an ermine band. It is exhibited with the crown jewels, which each year sees more than a million visitors.

The crown left the Tower of London so “modification work” could begin, according to Buckingham Palace, with the press citing a change in size.

ceremonial crown

While not an exact replica of the lost medieval crown – said to have belonged to King Edward the Confessor (11th century) – it has its four cross pattées, its four fleur-de-lis and two arches.

At the ceremony, Charles III will also wear the Imperial State Crown, which monarchs traditionally wear when leaving Westminster Abbey.

This ceremonial crown was created for the coronation of King George VI – father of Elizabeth II – in 1937 and is also used at the opening of the parliamentary year. Weighing just over one kilogram and 31.5 centimeters high, this impressive crown is set with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and four rubies.

Having become king with the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on September 8, Charles, who celebrated his 74th birthday on November 14, will be crowned in a ceremony facing “the future”, while he is rooted “in the long tradition and pomp of the monarchy,” according to the palace.

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