British Royal House announces modifications to the crown of Saint Edward for the coronation of Carlos III in May 2023

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British Royal House announces modifications to the crown of Saint Edward for the coronation of Carlos III in May 2023
The crown of San Eduardo, from 1661, is only used in coronations. Photo: Reuters

As part of the preparations for the coronation of King Charles IIIthis Saturday was withdrawn from the Tower of London the st edward’s crownas highlighted by Buckingham Palace.

The announcement, after the purple skullcap crown, used only during coronation ceremonies, due to its heavy weight, is the centerpiece of the British Crown Jewelsexhibited at the Tower of London before the visit of more than a million tourists from all over the world every year.

What will happen to the British crown?

As announced this Saturday by the Royal House, the solid gold crown, with inlaid with rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnets, topazes and tourmalineswill be subjected to “modification work”, which includes a custom adjustment of the head of King Carlos III, for his coronation in the westminster abbey on May 6 of the next year.

Likewise, the real object has a purple velvet cap with an ermine band and measures just over 30 centimeters, last worn by the Queen isabel IIat his coronation in 1953.

While Carlos III, 74, will be crowned with his wife, Queen Camilla, the next May 6thin a less lavish ceremony than the one held for Isabel IIaccording to rumors, due to the monarch’s concerns about the perception of public opinion. May 8 was declared a national holiday.

While the crown was made for King Charles II in 1661 replacing a medieval crown believed to date back to Edward the Confessor. The original was cast by British MPs in 1649 after the execution of Carlos I.

In the ceremony on May 6, King Carlos III will use two crowns. Photo: AFP

For hundreds of years, the crown has only been worn at coronation ceremonies because it was too heavy, receiving a modification to fit make it lighter for the coronation of King George V in 1911after which still weighs 2.23 kilos.

In the same way, Carlos III will only wear it when he is crowned, while when he leaves Westminster Abbey he will wear the Imperial State Crownmore modern, and which is also used for occasions such as the opening ceremony of parliament.

This, set with more than 2 thousand diamonds, the Imperial State Crown was created in 1937 for the coronation of King George VIfather of Elizabeth II.

The coronation of a new monarch does not take place immediately after the death of the previous one, to allow a period of mourning and the organization of a complex ceremony.

This is independent of the proclamation, which in the case of Carlos III took place on September 10, two days after the death of his mother, at the age of 96, on his farm in balmoral (Scotland), after a record reign of 70 years.

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