Ceremonial chairs to be reused for the Coronation – Times of India
Chairs of Estate
These chairs have been conserved, restored and adapted as required. And Their Majesties have chosen the same in interest of sustainability. The Chairs of Estate were made in 1953 by the London firm White, Allom and Company for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The Chairs have been put on display in the throne room for many years.
The Chairs of Estate are made in 17th century style from carved and gilded beechwood. The cyphers of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are present in the carving giltwood stretcher joining the front legs with the national emblems of a rose, thistle and shamrock.
The new cyphers for the Chairs to replace those of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The upholstery was completed by the Royal Households upholsterers including reuse of the original braid and trimmings.
The Chairs of Estate will be used during early parts of the service and for Coronation of the Queen.
The Throne Chairs were made for the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937. The King and the Queen will be seated on these Chairs for the Enthroning and the Homage.
The Chairs have been conserved by the Royal Collection Trust’s Furniture Conservators. The crimson silk velvet has been replaced with new velvet and trimmings. New silk braid and trellis fringe, replicating the original trimmings of the Throne Chairs, has been woven by Heritage Trimmings Ltd of Derby. The Royal School of Needlework conserved the original embroidered Coat of Arms on King’s chair before transferring it onto the new velvet.
The new Coat of Arms of The Queen has been hand embroidered on the Throne Chair using the silk shading technique.
St Edward’s Chair (Coronation Chair)
Made from Baltic oak over 700 years ago and first used at the Coronation of King Edward II. During Their Majesties Coronation on May 6th, His Majesty will be crowned King on St Edward’s Chair.
Following the Coronation, the chairs will be auctioned and proceeds will be donated to charity.
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