Will Camilla wear the Queen Mother’s crown for the coronation?
The crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was created especially for the coronation of King George VI in 1937 and bears the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond. Once again, the nation has a king and a queen consort after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and Queen Camilla will play a key role in the reign of her husband, King Charles III.
Will Camilla wear the Queen Mother’s crown?
Earlier this year, the late Queen announced her wish for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.
The Queen Mother’s crown will be used when Camilla is crowned alongside Charles at his eventual coronation, the Daily Mail reported.
Although plans for Charles’ coronation have yet to be announced, it will likely take place at Westminster Abbey, as has been the case for most coronations since the 11th century.
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The Queen Mother’s crown was designed by Garrard and features four half arches.
The Koh-i-Noor diamond which weighs over 100 carats takes center stage in the dramatic play.
The crown is also adorned with approximately 2,800 other diamonds and it is made of platinum.
The Queen Mother wore the crown as her crown for the coronation of her daughter Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The crown was also laid on the Queen Mother’s coffin at her funeral in 2002.
While Camilla could wear the Queen Mother’s crown for her coronation, she could also stick to royal precedent and have a new crown made.
Queen consorts since Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV, had crowns made especially for them when their husbands came to the throne.
The crowns of Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and the Queen Mother have all featured the disputed Koh-i-Noor diamond, which many countries, including India and Pakistan, have claimed ownership of.
The Queen also wore the Imperial State Crown throughout her 70-year reign.
A lighter crown than St. Edward’s, the Imperial Crown was worn annually by the Queen for the official opening of Parliament.
The crown was made for the Queen’s father, King George VI, but was altered to give a more feminine appearance with lower arches during the Queen’s reign.
This famous tiara is adorned with the Cullinan II Diamond, while the enormous Cullinan I Diamond is set in the Sovereign’s Staff with Cross.