LONDON – The famous St Edward’s Crown will be used when Charles III is crowned as Britain’s new king on May 6 next year. Considered the most important of Britain’s royal jewels, the crown has been removed from the Tower of London where it is kept. Work will soon begin on resizing it to fit Charles’s head.
The crown was first used for the coronation of Charles II in 1661. Kings and queens before that wore the medieval crown for coronation. But after the British Civil War, Oliver Cromwell’s parliamentary committee that came to power in 1649 outlawed the monarchy and dissolved the crown. Then the monarchy returned to Britain through Charles II.
Following the coronation of Charles II, St Edward’s Crown lay unused for more than two centuries and was subsequently used at the coronation of George V in 1911. The same crown was worn by Queen Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953.
The 22-karat gold crown has 444 jewels. It will include 12 corals, 7 emeralds, 6 emeralds, 37 pushyaragas and one ruby.
Summary in English: St Edward’s Crown will be used at the coronation of King Charles