6 May 2023

King Charles III

A coronation is defined as "The act or occasion of crowning." It's a symbolic religious ceremony when the crown is physically placed on the monarch's head. In the United Kingdom, the BBC notes, the coronation formalizes "The monarch's role as the head of the Church of England and marks the transfer of their title and powers." So even though King Charles III acceded to the throne immediately upon the passing of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, this will be the official moment he is crowned king.

How beautiful is the Coronation Invitation. It was designed by Andrew Jamieson, a heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator whose work is inspired by the chivalric themes of Arthurian legend. The original artwork for the invitation was hand-painted in watercolour and gouache, and the design is printed on recycled card, with gold foil detailing. Central to the design is the motif of the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore, symbolic of spring and rebirth, to celebrate the new reign. The shape of the Green Man, crowned in natural foliage, is formed of leaves of oak, ivy and hawthorn, and the emblematic flowers of the United Kingdom. 

The British wildflower meadow bordering the invitation features lily of the valley, cornflowers, wild strawberries, dog roses, bluebells, and a sprig of rosemary for remembrance, together with wildlife including a bee, a butterfly, a ladybird, a wren and a robin. Flowers appear in groupings of three, signifying The King becoming the third monarch of his name. 

A lion, a unicorn and a boar – taken from the coats of arms of the Monarch and Her Majesty’s father, Major Bruce Shand – can be seen amongst the flowers. Her Majesty’s arms are now enclosed by the Garter, following her installation as a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter last summer.

God Save Our Gracious King

He has a hard act to follow but I think he will do a good job.

   Be safe and well
Polly x


  1. Given Charles' environmentalism, the floral motif and the celtic pagan Green Man symbol are very appropriate!

    1. They are. I like Charles for his beliefs.

  2. The invitation is a lot prettier than I might have imagined. I love the greenman, that's powerful symbolism. I hope he does well, it was such a long wait

    1. He's a very forward thinking man, I think he will do well.


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