Camilla to wear recycled crown at King Charles coronation in royal first

Camilla Parker Bowles will wear an adapted crown at King Charles III’s coronation ceremony in May instead of getting a newly commissioned piece, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The Queen Consort will have Queen Mary’s crown adapted to fit her head, which will make it the first time in recent history that a royal has adapted a crown with a former wearer.

The palace said the Queen Consort’s decision to adapt an existing crown was made “in the interests of sustainability and efficiency”.

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Buckingham Palace said Queen Mary’s Crown has been removed from its display at the Tower of London in order to be adapted.

It will be fitted with several diamonds that Queen Elizabeth had in her personal collection before she died.

She also often wore the diamonds, known as the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds, as brooches.

Queen Mary’s Crown was worn by the consort of King George V during his 1911 coronation.

The decision to reuse Queen Mary’s crown is the first time a Queen Consort’s crown has been re-used since the 18th Century, when Queen Caroline, consort of George II, wore Mary of Modena’s crown.

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Meanwhile, St Edward’s Crown, a centuries-old crown that has been used to pass on the title of monarch from one to another, has now returned to public display at the Tower following modification work needed for King Charles III’s coronation.

The Sunday Times’ Royal Editor Roya Nikkhah pointed out that Camilla’s choice of crown would mean the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond, which both India and Pakistan claim as their own, will not make an appearance at King Charles’ coronation.

While some have praised the Queen Consort’s decision to adapt a crown with a previous wearer, others have used the news as an opportunity to attack her.

One social media user said: “Second hand crown, second hand queen”.

Another said: “From Mistress to Monarch, man she hung in there for the payoff.”

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