After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Charles was officially crowned king. But his coronation will not take place immediately. It is expected to take place next year, which is fully justified, as for such an important event, a reasonable period of preparation is required. The same had happened with Queen Elizabeth as her coronation had taken place more than a year after the death of her father, King George VI.
Will he wear the same crown with which his mother was crowned queen? The first information states that King Charles will be crowned with the same crown. He will wear the Crown of St. Edward, also known as the Imperial Crown of State. It’s the same one Elizabeth was crowned Queen with in 1953.
This particular crown was made in 1661 and once belonged to Edward the Confessor. Made entirely of gold, it is extremely heavy. It is decorated with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 4 rubies and 269 pearls. As for its value, it is estimated between 3 and 5 million pounds.
In 2018, Queen Elizabeth revealed that the tiara had to be altered to be closer to the size of her head. “See it’s a lot smaller than it was?“, he had told the BBC. It is estimated that this particular crown will be modified again for the new King Charles.
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St Edward’s Crown is estimated to be worth between £3 billion and £5 billion
King Charles III will wear the St Edward’s Crown – also known as the Imperial State Crown – at the end of his coronation ceremony, which was formerly worn by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The crown typically resides at the Tower of London in between state events
The crown was made in 1661 and once belonged to Edward the Confessor. Remarkably heavy and made of solid gold, it typically resides in the Crown Jewels collection at the Tower of London in between state events.
Adorned with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, four rubies and 269 pearls, the crown’s exact value has been heavily debated over the years, however, experts have speculated that its worth between £3 billion and £5 billion.
How the St Edward’s Crown will need to be changed for King Charles III’s coronation
The Queen originally had the St Edward’s Crown resized for her coronation in 1953
Back in 2018, the Queen revealed that she had had the St Edward’s Crown resized for her own coronation.
During a rare interview with the BBC, she said: “You see, it’s much smaller isn’t it? It would have been up to about there when my father wore it.”
While it has not yet been confirmed, the St Edward’s Crown is expected to be resized for King Charles, with many suggesting that it will be customised by royal jewellers, notably The House of Garrard or Mark Appleby of Mappin & Webb.
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