All of the hidden symbolism behind King Charles and Queen Camilla’s Coronation invitation

Buckingham Palace recently revealed the official invitation that will be sent out to over 2,000 guests for King Charles and Queen Camilla's Coronation.

The King will be crowned alongside The Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6 and then return to the Palace inn a procession which will last several miles to wave to the crowds.

Designed by heraldic artist Andrew Jamieson, the invitation has been cleverly created to incorporate several nods to the new reign, links to the UK, while also recognising His Majesty's five decade long interest in environmental sustainability.

The original artwork was printed on recycled card, hand-painted in watercolour and gouache and decorated with gold foil detailing.

The most notable feature on the invitation is the Green Man – an ancient figure famous in British folklore which represents spring and rebirth.

The shape of the Green Man, which has been crowned with natural foliage, is formed of leaves of oak, ivy and hawthorn, and the UK's national flowers (the Tudor Rose, the yellow Daffodil, the Scottish Thistle and Clovers for Northern Ireland.)

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.

The inclusion of lily of the valley flowers is particularly poignant as they were famously the late Queen's favourite flowers and featured in her wedding bouquet when she married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.

As well as this several flowers on the border appear in groupings of three, signifying how The King is becoming the third monarch with the name Charles.

The Palace also explained: "A lion, a unicorn and a boar – taken from the coats of arms of Their Majesties – 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."

Alongside the invitation, it was revealed both The King and Queen Consort will be attended by four Pages of Honour each during the historic Coronation service on May 6.

The King will have Prince George, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Nicholas Barclay and Ralph Tollemache to aid him during the service.

The Queen Consort will have her three grandsons, Gus and Louis Lopes and Freddy Parker Bowles, as well as her great-nephew, Arthur Elliot, by her side.

While the exact details are yet to be revealed by the palace, the eight youngsters will likely carry Their Majesties robes and be on hand to help out during the service in the Nave of Westminster Abbey.


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