A new Robe of Estate has been designed for the Queen Consort to wear during her coronation. The robe is adorned with bees, a beetle, and flowers, and has been kept under wraps until the big day. The robe is a long velvet garment worn by a British monarch after their coronation, and Camilla’s has been embroidered in goldwork threads, drawing on themes of nature and the environment. The robe has been hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, of which the Queen Consort is a patron. The robe incorporates delphiniums and lilies of the valley, which pay tribute to the King’s favourite flowers and the late Queen’s favourite bloom, respectively. Camilla will wear the robe for her departure from Westminster Abbey.
Changes to the Coronation Ceremony
The coronation ceremony will see changes to the languages and faiths involved. The congregation will hear three Celtic languages – Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish Gaelic – alongside English. King Charles has previously travelled to Aberystwyth University to learn the Welsh language from Welsh nationalist Dr Edward Millward. There will also be a multi-faith element visible from the opening moments, with representatives taking part in a series of processions into Westminster Abbey that will culminate with the entrance of the King and Queen Consort. Leaders and others from the Jewish, Sunni and Shia Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Bahai, and Zoroastrian communities will take part. Religious leaders will also take part in a greeting to the King at the end of the coronation service.
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