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“St. Edward’s Crown” being prepared for the coronation of King Charles III, weighs 2.23 kg

Preparations have begun for the coronation of King Charles III.

The Crown Jewels of Britain’s 17th-century “St Edward’s Crown” are being redesigned for the coronation of King Charles III. Buckingham Palace gave this information on Saturday. Buckingham Palace said the solid gold crown (St Edward’s Crown) studded with rubies, sapphires, garnets, topaz and tourmalines will undergo “revision work” for Charles III’s coronation at Westminster Abbey on 6 May next year. Therefore it has been removed from the exhibition.

More than a million people a year visit the St Edward’s Crown, housed in the collection of royal regalia in the Tower of London. It has a purple velvet cap with an ermine band. It is over 30 cm (one foot) long and very heavy. It was last worn by Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation in 1953. Charles III, 74, will be crowned with his wife, Queen Consort Camilla.

After the ceremony, May 8 will be a national holiday. This crown was made in 1661 for King Charles II. For hundreds of years afterwards, the crown was only carried in coronation processions, as it was too heavy to wear. It was changed to make it lighter for the coronation of King George V in 1911, but still weighs 2.23 kg (about five pounds).

Charles III would only wear it at the time of his coronation. When he leaves Westminster Abbey, Charles will wear the more modern Imperial State Crown, which is also used for occasions such as the opening of Parliament. The Imperial State Crown, containing more than 2,000 diamonds, was made in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI, father of Elizabeth II. Coronations traditionally take place a few months after a new sovereign ascends to the throne, following a period of royal mourning and intense preparation.

Charles immediately became king on 8 September when his mother died. She also served as head of state for 14 Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Concerned about public perceptions, she reportedly requested a less lavish ceremony than those held for Elizabeth II in 1953. The Queen, who was 96, died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland a year after failing health. The queen ruled for a record 70 years.

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