The British Royal Household has released the image of the invitation to the coronation of King Charles III, a historic event that will take place at Westminster Abbey on May 6. Only the 2,000 invited guests will be able to possess this card.
The list of guests who confirmed their attendance is already in the possession of King Charles III, so Harry and Meghan’s decision on whether or not they will attend the event has already been communicated, as the deadline to give an answer was April 3.
Buckingham Palace has distributed the invitations to different members of the Royal Family, as well as to mandarins and representatives of other royal houses.
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King Charles’s Coronation Invitation
Through social networks, they have published the image of the invitation and it has been accompanied by an explanatory text detailing the symbolism of each element used.
The invitation was created by Andrew Jamieson, a heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator, and includes motifs from nature, such as the Green Man and British wildflowers. The border of the invitation also includes animals that reference the monarchs’ coats of arms.
The design reflects Charles and Camilla’s inspiration from nature, something that has been very important to them. The figure of the Green Man, a symbol of British folklore representing spring and rebirth, wears a crown of natural foliage including oak leaves, ivy, and hawthorn, as well as the UK’s emblematic flowers.
“Their Majesties’ arms, the emblematic flowers of the UK, and a British wildflower meadow and wildlife are all included in the design, which was hand-painted in watercolor and gouache, and will be reproduced and printed on recycled card, with gold foil detailing,” the publication explained.
Camilla will not be Queen Consort
One striking detail is the use of the term “Queen Camilla” instead of “Queen Consort” to refer to the wife of King Charles III. This indicates that her official title will be Queen Camilla after the coronation. This is something that had already leaked when Camilla changed the name of her social book club to ‘The Queen’s Reading Room’, without the word consort.
New portrait of King Charles and Queen Camilla
The British Royal Household wanted to share with the world both the invitations and a new portrait of the king and queen, taken by photographer Hugo Burnand. Burnand also photographed the wedding of Charles and Camilla in 2005. The publication of the invitation and the portrait have generated great interest and expectation around the world, as the coronation of a new monarch is always a historic and significant event.
Who will be Charles III and Camilla’s pages boy at the coronation?
There will be eight in total, four for each monarch. In the case of Charles III, he will have:
- Prince George: his grandson and heir to the throne.
- Oliver Cholmondeley: son of his private secretary, the Marquis of Cholmondeley, and the controversial Rose Hanbury.
- Ralph Tollemache: son of Edward Tollemache, godson of Charles.
- Nicholas Barclay: grandson of Charles’ second cousin, Sarah Troughton.
On the other hand, Queen Camilla will be accompanied by her three grandsons:
- Gus and Louis Lopes: sons of Laura Lopes.
- Freddy Parker Bowles: son of Tom Parker Bowles.
- Arthur Elliot: her great-nephew.