King Charles' coronation: 'The bigger the better' says LBC caller
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King Charles’ coronation will be held on Saturday, May 6 next year, with Queen Camilla being crowned alongside Charles, Buckingham Palace has announced. The deeply religious affair will take place in Westminster Abbey, eight months after the monarch’s accession and the death of Queen Elizabeth II. It is unclear yet how slimmed down the affair will be compared to the 1953 grand coronation, especially due to the current cost of living crisis.
What jewellery will feature during the coronation?
At the heart of the Crown Jewels collection is the Coronation Regalia: the sacred objects used during the coronation ceremony.
These unique objects represent the powers and responsibilities of the monarch and were most recently used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Prior to the coronation of King Charles III on May 6, 2023, jewellery experts at UK retailer Steven Stone have taken a look into the Coronation Regalia for Express.co.uk.
One key component of the Coronation Regalia is the Sovereign’s Scepter with the Cross, one of two sceptres used in the coronation ceremony.
Measuring 92cm, the sceptre is adorned by a variety of gemstones and even holds the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan.
Estimated to be 530 carats, the Cullinan is worth a staggering £400million.
In addition, St Edwards Crown, valued at £3.6million, was designed for King Charles II in 1661 and has been a part of every coronation since.
However, monarchs have not physically worn the St Edwards Crown in coronation ceremonies for more than 200 years because it was too heavy.
Worn by all monarchs, with the exception of Queen Victoria, the Sovereign’s Ring features a blue sapphire, overlaid with a cross made of rubies.
The general design is intended to represent the red St George’s Cross on the blue background of St Andrew’s Cross.
The ring was presented to King William IV after his coronation in 1831.
It is estimated to be worth £350,000.
Other jewels from the Coronation Regalia expected to make an appearance at the coronation include the Imperial State Crown, the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Dove, the Sovereign’s Orb, the gold Ampulla, the gold spurs, and the Sword of Offering.
Steven Stone experts estimate the combined value of the Coronation Regalia to be £3.5billion.
Their leading expert, Maxwell Stone told Express.co.uk: “The Crown Jewels contain some of the most precious and famous jewels in the world – including the Coronation Regalia.
“Comprised of the sacred objects used during the coronation ceremony, we can expect to see the Coronation Regalia in May next year, during King Charles III’s coronation ceremony.
“Each piece is extraordinary – from the Sovereign’s Scepter with Cross, which contains the £400million Cullinan I diamond, to the Sovereign’s Ring, which features an octagonal sapphire, overlaid with four rectangular-cut and one square-cut ruby that form a cross.
“Laced with history, it’s incredibly difficult to value the Coronation Regalia.
“I’d estimate it to be worth a staggering £3.5billion.”
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