King Charles coronation should be done ‘properly’ says expert
The invitations for King Charles’s Coronation have been released, with the design incorporating a floral tribute to the King’s name. The design also pays tribute to the natural world, with flowers, strawberries, butterflies, birds and a Green Man formed of leaves of oak, ivy and hawthorn, and the emblematic flowers of the United Kingdom.
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The motif of the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore, is symbolic of spring and rebirth and is used on the invite to celebrate the new reign.
The invitation for the Coronation has been designed by heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator Andrew Jamieson.
Mr Jamieson is a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, of which His Majesty is an Honorary Member.
The original artwork for the invitation was hand-painted in watercolour and gouache, and the design, which recalls the Coronation Emblem, will be reproduced and printed on recycled card, with gold foil detailing.
The flowers on the invite appear in groups of three, signfying Charles being the third monarch of his name.
The British wildflower meadow bordering the invitation features lily of the valley, cornflowers, wild strawberries, dog roses, bluebells, and a sprig of rosemary for remembrance, together with British wildlife including a bee, a butterfly, a ladybird, a wren and a robin.
Animals from the coat of arms of Their Majesties – a lion, boar and unicorn can also be seen amongst the bucolic imagery.
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It has also been announced that eight Pages of Honour have been selected who will attend Charles and Camilla when they are crowned at Westminster Abbey.
The King and Queen Consort will be attended by four Pages each, who will form part of the procession through the Nave of the Abbey during the service.
The King’s Pages of Honour will be His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Master Nicholas Barclay and Master Ralph Tollemache.
The Queen Consort’s Pages of Honour will be Her Majesty’s grandsons, Master Gus and Master Louis Lopes and Master Freddy Parker Bowles, and Her Majesty’s great-nephew, Master Arthur Elliot.
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The news of Prince George serving as one of his grandfather’s Pages has ended weeks of speculation over the role the future King could play in the service.
It is thought his parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, debated his possible role on the world stage and spoke with him to make sure he was comfortable with it.
Pages of Honour traditionally wear a uniform consisting of a knee-length scarlet coat with gold trimmings over a white satin waistcoat and lace jabot – a decorative ruffle or frill falling from the collar – white breeches, white stockings and black shoes with buckles and they carry a small ceremonial sword.
George’s younger siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will also be at the Coronation but will be sitting and watching with the rest of the family.
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