The world watched in awe on May 6th as King Charles III was officially crowned, dressed in a regal attire befitting His Royal Majesty. Here’s a rundown of everything he wore during his coronation
At the recently concluded coronation, King Charles III dressed the part of sartorial royalty, with every piece of clothing carefully chosen to represent his power and authority. The intricate craftsmanship of every piece was a testament to its rich historical significance, making his coronation attire a true work of art. Without a doubt, his sense of style was a triumph fit for a king. Take a look at each of the pieces that adorned King Charles III on his coronation day.
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The Parliament Robe
It began with King Charles III donning The Parliament Robe, a majestic crimson surcoat that had previously been worn by King George VI at his coronation in 1937. Savile Row tailors Ede and Ravenscroft carefully kept the lining and gold lace, while the Royal School of Needlework preserved the velvet of the robe.
The Colobium Sindonis and Supertunica
At the anointing, King Charles III wore a plain white Colobium Sindonis gown underneath an exquisite gold robe called Supertunica. The Supertunica is a long silk coat inspired by Byzantine fashion. It was made in 1911 for King George V, the great-grandfather of Charles III, and has since been worn by George VI and Elizabeth II. Weighing in at 2kg, the Supertunica also features stunning floral embroidery.
The Robe Royal
King Charles III wore The Robe Royal during the investiture ceremony. Also referred to as The Imperial Mantle, it was originally made in 1821 for George IV, making it the ceremony’s oldest vestment. The robe has a stunning gold eagle clasp and is embroidered with beautiful designs of foliage, flowers, and crowns. Its priestly form stands for the divine origins of monarchy, highlighting the spiritual value of the king’s position.
The Coronation Sword Belt
Each new coronation typically necessitates the creation of a brand new sword belt. But to pay tribute to his grandfather, King Charles III used the same sword belt that King George VI wore at his coronation in 1937. This exquisite accessory has a design made from gold and red silk, and is finished with a magnificent gold buckle and clip.
The Coronation Glove
King Charles III’s coronation glove or gauntlet is a beautiful piece made of white leather and adorned with gilt metal thread embroidery. The embroidery depicts the national emblems of the Tudor Rose, thistle, shamrock, oak leaves, and acorns. As with the coronation sword belt, King Charles III also chose to use the same glove worn by King George VI in 1937.
When King Charles III was officially declared the new monarch during his coronation, he followed tradition by wearing the St. Edward’s Crown. It is a magnificent piece fashioned entirely from solid gold, weighs in at five pounds, and features 444 precious gemstones, such as rubies, sapphires, garnets, and tourmalines. The St. Edward’s Crown was designed by the Royal Goldsmith, Robert Vyner, in 1661 and was last used to crown Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
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