Buckingham Palace has released the invitation for the highly awaited royal event on May 6.
The UK waits with bated breath as King Charles III and Queen Camilla are about to be crowned. With less than a month until the coronation, Buckingham Palace has released the invitation to the highly awaited royal event on May 6. The design for the invite, which will be printed on recycled cards and sent out to 2,000 guests, features gold foil detailing and hand-painted artwork in watercolor, as seen in imagery released on April 4, per E! News.
Alongside the photograph, the invitation for the Coronation and the details of the eight Pages of Honour that will attend Their Majesties at Westminster Abbey have also been revealed:— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 4, 2023
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The card, designed by Andrew Jamieson, has nods to King Charles and his whole family, including a lovely tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth. The card features the lily of the valley—a flower that was featured in the late Queen Elizabeth II's crowning bouquet in 1953 and was said to be one of her favorites—as well as the coat of arms for Charles and Camilla, 75.
The design also features the motif of the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore, which symbolizes spring and rebirth. Meanwhile, a wren and a robin perch atop the letter 'C,' a reference to both the King and the Queen Consort's initials. "The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla," the card reads. "By command of the King the Earl Marshal is directed to invite [guest] to be present at the Abbey Church of Westminster on the 6th day of May 2023."
Plants such as bluebells, cornflowers, rosemary, and wild strawberries show in groups of three to represent the 74-year-old becoming the third monarch of his name, according to the Palace's website. In addition to the invitation, the Palace published a portrait of Charles and Camilla by Hugo Burnand in honor of the upcoming coronation, as well as information on the courtiers who will represent the couple at the ceremony. The photograph was taken last month in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
Their Majesties will be accompanied by four Pages of Honor each throughout the Coronation Service on May 6th. The Pages will be part of the parade through Westminster Abbey's Nave, per the website. His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales, son to Prince William and Princess Kate, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Master Nicholas Barclay, and Master Ralph Tollemache will be the King's Pages of Honor. Her Majesty's grandchildren, Master Gus and Master Louis Lopes, and Master Freddy Parker Bowles, as well as Her Majesty's great-nephew, Master Arthur Elliot, will serve as the Queen Consort's Pages of Honor.
Cover Image Source: (L) Getty Images | Hugo Burnand ; (R) Getty Images | Stuart C. Wilson