Thursday, 28 May 2015

Prince of Wales's Coronet

The coronet of the Sovereign's heir apparent is composed of alternate crosses-pattée and fleurs-de-lys, surmounted by a single arch topped with an orb and cross.

The original coronet of this design forms part of the crown jewels exhibited at the Tower of London.

Royal Collection © HM Queen Elizabeth II

The royal coronet made for Frederick, Prince of Wales, in 1728, is a golden diadem, the band decorated with embossed jewel-like lozenges and ovals with foliate surrounds, on a matted ground, between rows of gold pearls.

Above the band are four gold crosses-pattée and four fleurs-de-lis, partly matted and chased.

The single arch dips deeply in the centre and supports a monde with gold pearls and a cross above, fitted with a purple velvet cap and ermine band.

The Investiture Coronet of the present Prince of Wales was designed by the architect and goldsmith Louis Osman (1914-96) and given to HM The Queen by the Goldsmith’s Company for The Prince of Wales’s Investiture at Carnarvon Castle in 1969.

It is 24 carat gold, with four crosses-pattée and four fleur-de-Lys made from a nugget of Welsh gold, reinforced with platinum and decorated with diamonds and emeralds. The orb mounted on the top of the arch was engraved by Malcolm Appleby with The Prince of Wales’s insignia.

This is surrounded by thirteen diamonds arranged as the constellation of Scorpio, The Prince of Wales’s star sign. The diamonds set horizontally represent the seven Gifts of God on one side and the seven deadly sins on the other.
First published in June, 2013.

1 comment :

Historic House Crawler said...

Thank you for the posting. I well remember watching the investiture of the Prince of Wales on television in 1969. We were able to get Northern Ireland TV channels in Co Roscommon at the time... The coronet is a triumph of design in that it manages to be both regal and modern. It is in my opinion by far the most beautiful of the three coronets illustrated.