The British royal crown is in preparation for the coronation of Charles III. (74) taken from the Tower of London. As announced by Buckingham Palace, the Edwardian crown is to be reworked for the ceremony on May 6, 2023. According to dpa information, the size of the crown for Charles must be increased.
The crown, made of pure gold and set with precious stones such as rubies, amethysts and sapphires, is the heart of the British crown jewels in the Tower. It was made in 1661 to replace the original crown of the last Anglo-Saxon king, Edward the Confessor (d. 1066), which had been melted down shortly before during the English Civil War.
The Edwardian Crown is traditionally used to crown British monarchs. It was also worn by Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September, at her coronation in 1953. Charles will also wear the Imperial State Crown at the ceremony, the palace said. This crown was placed on the coffin of the Queen at her funeral.
It was initially unclear whether King's wife Camilla, who is also to be crowned at the ceremony, will wear the crown last worn by Queen Mum. The world-famous diamond Kohinoor from India is worked into the crown of Queen Elizabeth's mother. According to a media report, representatives of the Indian governing party BJP were critical of the possible use of the crown. The British newspaper "The Telegraph" recently reported that this could bring back memories of the colonial era. At the request of the German Press Agency at the weekend, the palace announced that a decision on this was still pending.