New details have emerged about the upcoming coronation on May 6, including the route the procession will take and the extravagant jewelry and adornments that will be used.
One of Queen Camilla’s crown jewels has sparked controversy and could be upsetting as it comes up against a cause close to Prince William’s heart.
A slew of new details have been released about King Charles’ upcoming coronation, which will take place on May 6.
This has included details of the coronation route and much of the royal adornments and items that will be used.
This includes priceless jewelery and gilded cars – as Britons battle a cost of living crisis – and one item in particular has already come under fire.
Camilla will hold a golden scepter surmounted by a cross and a second ivory staff and surmounted by a dove, during the coronation held at Westminster Abbey.
Organizers have defended the use of ivory, although the Prince of Wales has run his own campaign to end the illegal trade in animal parts like this.
Last August William hailed a ‘historic’ conviction for the illegal wildlife trade which saw a man jailed for five years for conspiring to traffic rhino horn and elephant ivory for millions of dollars.
The future king carries out his work for wildlife and conservation causes through his United for Wildlife project.
Britain is also at the forefront of global conservation efforts after the Ivory Act 2018 introduced, from June 6 last year, a near-total ban on the sale of ivory. items containing elephant ivory.
But Camilla will carry the ivory scepter..
They are part of the Royal Collection and are traditionally kept at the Tower of London, which is managed by Historic Royal Palaces.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman tried to justify the use by saying it “reflected the taste of the times” – thought to be the 17th century.
They said: “As with any historical collection of its size, it is to be expected that the Royal Collection will include items containing ivory, as this reflected the taste of the time.”
It comes as organizers intend to use the coronation to honor tradition, but embrace modernity.
In addition to continuing the practices of years past, it will also have its own special Twitter emoji.
The coronation procession will feature hundreds of members of the armed forces of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and British Overseas Territories, as well as the Sovereign’s Bodyguards and Royal Boatmen.
Treasures of the Crown Jewels on display include the Sovereign’s Orb, Golden Spurs, bracelets called armills, two maces and five swords.
The Ring of the Sovereign, the Scepter of the Sovereign with Cross and the Scepter of the Sovereign with Dove will also be present.
The 74-year-old monarch will be crowned in the 17th-century St Edward’s Crown, which has been resized for him, before changing to the lighter Imperial Crown at the end of the ceremony.
Meanwhile Camilla, 75, will be crowned Queen Mary as she carries the controversial cane.
The royal couple will travel from Buckingham Palace, along the Mall through Admiralty Arch, around Trafalgar Square, along Whitehall and through Parliament Square to arrive at Westminster Abbey.
When they reverse the route to return, they will use a second, extravagant carriage – the 260-year-old Gold State Coach.
They will also take a 2.1 km processional route, a quarter of that taken by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
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