As the countdown to the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla continues, royal enthusiasts are treated to a tantalizing glimpse of the regal attire that will grace the couple during their momentous crowning ceremony.
The Tradition of Robes of State and Robes of Estate
Continuing with longstanding tradition, King Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, will each don two distinct robes for the momentous occasion.
These include the Robes of State, to be worn upon their arrival at Westminster Abbey, and the Robes of Estate, which they will wear during their departure.
The Robes of Estate are traditionally tailored to reflect the personalities and preferences of the monarch and consort.
The Conservation of King Charles’ Robe of State and Queen Camilla’s Robe of Estate
Recently released images showcase the intricate work of the Royal School of Needlework’s embroidery team, as they conserve the Robe of State for King Charles and the Robe of Estate for Queen Camilla.
The King’s Robe of State, crafted from crimson velvet, is a cherished piece previously worn by King George VI during his own coronation in 1937.
The velvet has undergone careful preservation, with the lining and gold lace expertly conserved by Ede and Ravenscroft.
Queen Camilla’s Historical Robes
Queen Camilla will don the Robe of State originally created for Queen Elizabeth, King Charles’ mother, during her coronation in 1953.
This remarkable crimson velvet robe has undergone meticulous conservation, including adjustments made by Ede and Ravenscroft in preparation for the momentous event.
Additionally, a new Robe of Estate, designed by Ede and Ravenscroft and meticulously hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, has been crafted exclusively for Queen Camilla. Made from luxurious purple velvet, it perfectly complements the King’s Robe of Estate.
Symbolism and Design of Queen Camilla’s Robe
The intricately designed train of Queen Camilla’s Robe of Estate draws inspiration from nature and the environment. Embellished with images of bees, a beetle, and various plants, the design pays homage to the personal favorites and significant elements of the royal couple.
Among the featured flora are Lily of the Valley, a flower dear to both Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, and myrtle, symbolizing hope. Delphinium, representing King Charles’ favorite flower and Camilla’s birth month of July, adds a personal touch.
The robe also showcases the “Alchemilla Mollis,” or Lady’s Mantle, symbolizing love and comfort, as well as Maidenhair Fern, representing purity, and cornflowers, signifying love and tenderness.
A Tribute to the United Kingdom and King Charles
In addition to its symbolic floral elements, Queen Camilla’s robe proudly displays the national emblems of the United Kingdom, paying tribute to the country’s rich heritage.
The intricate design also serves as a celebration of King Charles himself, reflecting his reign and his connection to the nation.
As the coronation date draws near, the unveiling of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s regal robes has heightened the anticipation surrounding this historic event.
With their rich symbolism and meticulous craftsmanship, these robes will undoubtedly add a touch of grandeur and tradition to the crowning ceremony, as King Charles and Queen Camilla begin their reign together.