Queen Camilla’s Coronation crown champions ‘sustainability’ – expert

Many royal commentators assumed Queen Camilla would wear the Koh-i-Noor diamond crown which was worn by the late Queen Mother at her husband’s Coronation in 1937. However, it turns out she will be wearing Queen Mary’s crown instead, which is a “sustainable” choice according to a style expert.

Eddie LeVian, the CEO of celebrity jeweller Le Vian, whose ancestors in ancient Persia actually guarded the Koh-i-Noor diamond, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk to describe the crown which will be worn by the Queen Consort on May 6.

He said: “Queen Mary’s crown from 1911 has been selected for the Queen Consort’s Coronation in May.

“It is an interesting choice as it is the first time a Queen Consort crown is being re-worn, perhaps signalling Camilla’s commitment to sustainability.

“The crown’s design will have some changes, however, with the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds to be set in the crown as a tribute to the late Queen, who often wore them as brooches.

“The style will also be revamped by removing four out of the eight detachable arches.”

The jewellery expert described the Koh-i-Noor diamond Crown, which the Queen Consort no longer has plans to wear.

Mr LeVian added: “The famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, one of the largest diamonds ever discovered, was gifted to Queen Victoria in 1850, but won’t be featured in the crown.

“Camilla will also be wearing the Queen Consort’s Ring, which is made up of a bright pink ruby set within a cluster of diamonds, with smaller rubies set on the gold band.

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“It was first made for Queen Adelaide in 1831 and has been worn by every Queen Consort since.

“During the ceremony, it has also been reported that Camilla will be holding versions of the gold sceptres that the monarch carries – a smaller version of the Sceptre with Cross, created for Mary of Modena in 1685, and the Sceptre with Dove – symbolising peace and unity, with the Queen’s version featuring a dove with closed wings.”

Tobias Kormind, the managing director of 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online diamond jeweller, also spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk to describe King Charles’s crown that he will wear at the Coronation.

He commented: “The Coronation will be an opportunity for people to admire many priceless crown jewels that are usually under lock and key.

“King Charles will wear the St Edward’s Crown, a sacred symbol of the authority of the monarch. It is solid gold and encrusted with over 400 gemstones, including rubies and sapphires.”

Mr Kormind also described other Coronation Regalia which will be featured in the ceremony.

He explained: “We will also have the chance to see the Coronation Spoon which is one of the oldest jewels in the crown’s collection, dating back to the 1100s, and will be used to anoint the Sovereign with Holy Oil from Jerusalem.

“King Charles will carry the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross which features the Cullinan diamond, the largest colourless cut diamond in the world which weighs 530.2 carats, and was discovered in 1905 in South Africa and named after Thomas Cullinan, the chairman of the Cullinan mine.

“The King will also hold the gold Sceptre with Dove, symbolising peace, which is divided into three sections by enamelled and gem-set collars and topped by an enamelled dove with outspread wings.

“During the ceremony, King Charles will be handed the gold Sovereign’s Orb, which is a decorative globe, representing the sovereign’s power and symbolising the Christian world.

“It has bands of jewels including emeralds, rubies and sapphires, surrounded by rose-cut diamonds and rows of pearls.

“It is mounted by a diamond-encrusted cross and features a sapphire on one side and an emerald on the other.”

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