First image of King Charles wearing a crown unveiled
First image of King Charles wearing a crown unveiled as coronation preparations get under way in London
- New banners featuring an illustration of Charles have appeared in Russell Square
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Royal fans have been treated to the first image of King Charles wearing a crown as coronation preparations get under way in central London.
King Charles’ crowning will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey, where 2,000 guests will watch the historic ceremony.
Yesterday new banners were installed on lampposts in Russell Square, Bloomsbury, featuring an illustration of the monarch.
The navy-and-white banners include a profile image of King Charles, who appears to be wearing the St Edward Crown.
The crown, which is currently being resized ahead of the event, was made for King Charles II in 1661 and was previously on display in the Tower of London.
A new banner featuring an illustration of King Charles appeared in Russell Square in Bloomsbury yesterday
What’s more, the coronation’s official emblem features at the top of the banner, above the illustration of Charles.
Created by Sir Jony Ive, the former chief design officer at Apple and the man behind the iPhone, it includes the flora of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – the rose, the thistle, the daffodil and the shamrock.
They form the shape of St Edward’s Crown, encircled by illustrations of red flowers.
The emblem, which was revealed in February by Buckingham Palace, has been designed using the red, white and blue of the union jack.
A logo for the Central District Alliance – a Bloomsbury-based business network company – features at the bottom of the banners.
Workers were also pictured preparing seats at the Horse Guards Parade in St James’s Park yesterday.
The site is used for the Trooping the Colour every June and will welcome thousands of spectators next month.
Earlier in the week, Buckingham Palace released this new image of King Charles and Camilla as the coronation invites were unveiled
On top of this, new Union Jack flags have also been installed outside Buckingham Palace as the preparations for the coronation get under way.
Earlier this week, Buckingham Palace released the official coronation invite and confirmed Queen Camilla’s new title.
It has been designed by Andrew Jamieson, a heraldic artist, calligraphist and manuscript illuminator with 40 years of experience.
He is a brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, a body of more than 400 artists, craftspeople and architects working at the highest levels in their professions. The King is an honorary member.
Mr Jamieson is a scribe and illuminator for His Majesty’s Crown Office in London where he produces royal letters patent and documents of state.
He illuminated the royal letters patent issued in 2011, making Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Strathearn and the Baron Carrickfergus when he married.
The King has used wildlife and flowers associated with new beginnings on the invitation’s borders, signalling an age of rebirth and regeneration
The theme nods to Charles’s love of nature, sustainability and climate conservation.
Workers install seats in Horse Guards Parade as the preparations for the coronation begin around London
The Horse Guards Parade is used for Trooping the Colour every June and will welcome thousands of spectators next month
Members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment pictured going about their daily routine yesterday
Union Jacks have been installed outside Buckingham Palace as the preparations for the coronation get underway
Pictured: King Charles’ coronation invite was released earlier this week. The King has used wildlife and flowers associated with new beginnings on the invitation’s borders, signalling an age of rebirth and regeneration
The Green Man is one of many features that signals a new dawn. It stems from ancient English folklore and represents the cycle of life that begins every spring.
It may also be a nod to the crowning site of Westminster Abbey, which features a carving of the symbol on top of the quire screen facade.
The Green Man has taken many forms throughout history – it is often seen as a Pagan symbol and references to the symbol are said to date back to the 2nd century.
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