On May 6, King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, will be crowned during the coronation at Westminster Abbey. And while there are plenty of characters surrounding the event (Will Harry and Meghan attend? Will Sarah Ferguson be invited?) and details to sort—down to the chrism oil that’s been consecrated with olives harvested just outside Bethlehem from the Monastery of Mary Magdalene and the Monastery of the Ascension—the coronation crown is, of course, a central one.
While King Charles III is majorly updating the coronation crown his mother wore nearly 70 years ago ahead of the event, this isn’t the first time he’s being exposed to the crown. In fact, Lady Anne Glenconner (one of the Queen’s attendants on her coronation day) reveals on the new podcast by British jeweler Annoushka Ducas, My Life in Seven Charms, how the Queen’s then–4-year-old son “got his paws on it.” “She took it off, put it on a table and Prince Charles made a beeline for it,” she said.
Perhaps inspired by the story, or as a way to honor the royal family and this historical moment, Annoushka is creating a limited-edition, commemorative Coronation Crown Charm to mark the event. (She’s widely considered the “Queen of Charms,” after all.) An exact (albeit miniature) replica of King Charles III’s updated St. Edwards crown, the charm will bear the official Coronation hallmark. It also features a central carved amethyst that represents the crown’s purple velvet cap, and, of course, plenty of vibrant stones surrounding it. Even more, the charm opens at its base, turning it into a locket for holding a special memento.
Debuting April 5, only 100 of these miniature historical masterpieces will be made.
Coronation Crown Charm in 18k yellow gold and white gold with carved amethyst, emeralds, yellow sapphires, rubies, blue sapphires, black diamonds, and white diamonds, £4,500 ($5,420); Annoushka (photo courtesy of Annoushka)
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