Some of the natural decorations used in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation will be taken to one of The King’s favourite homes and turned into a permanent tribute to the day Charles III was crowned.
As His Majesty and Queen Camilla arrive at the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey for the Coronation, they will walk between two tall yew topiaries which have been planted in mini meadows of grasses, primroses and violets. The yews will later be taken to Sandringham where they will be replanted to become a living reminder of the Coronation.
Sandringham in Norfolk is a popular retreat with the royals. King Charles owns the property as monarch, it is not part of any Crown holdings. His Majesty hosted the first family Christmas of his reign at the house.
It was also a beloved home of Queen Elizabeth II and the place where her historic reign began. It was at Sandringham, in the early hours of February 6th 1952, that her father, King George VI, died and the throne passed on. Planting the yew trees there brings another royal chapter to the house.
The flowers and foliage at the Coronation have been chosen by Their Majesties and reflect seasonal blooms and the natural world. The Quire will be decked with rich gold and burgundy petals while the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior will be adorned with flowers symbolising bravery, virtue and remembrance.
Shane Connolly, who designed the flowers for the wedding of King Charles and Queen Camilla, has taken charge of the floral arrangements for the service.
The Coronation takes place on May 6th 2023 at Westminster Abbey.