King Charles III’s second coronation celebration takes place this week – and there’ll be a new piece of royal regalia present.
The celebration will be part of Royal Week – an annual event that sees the monarch takes up residence in the Palace of Holyrood House and attend various events in Scotland.
On Wednesday 5th July, a procession will first take place down the Royal Mile, leading towards St Giles’ Cathedral, where a national Thanksgiving service will take place. During which, the King will be presented with the Scottish Crown Jewels – though there’ll be one difference as the Sword of State has been replaced.
Over 500 years old, the Sword of State has been deemed too fragile to use. Taking its place is a new ceremonial sword, called The Elizabeth – named after Queen Elizabeth II.
Designed by former Ormond Pursuivant of Arms Mark Dennis and worked on by a number of expert Scottish craftspeople, the sword features a pommel of Lewisian gneiss, and a scabbard wrought from Perthshire oak,
Intent to create something that truly represents Scotland, Mark took inspiration from thistles – the national flower of Scotland – and the Scottish landscape.
According to a statement released by the Scottish government, the Elizabeth was commissioned at the end of last year, weighs 16.5lb (7.5kg) and cost approximately $27,952 (£22,000) to produce – it will be carried into St Giles’ by Dame Katherine Grainger DBE.
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