A brand new Robe of Estate has been made for the Queen Consort to wear at her coronation.
The rich purple velvet robe is embroidered in goldwork threads, and intricately decorated with bees, a beetle and a host of flowers – drawing on the themes of nature and the environment.
It pays tribute to the King by incorporating delphiniums – one of his favourite flowers which is also Camilla’s birth month flower – and in memory of Elizabeth II includes the late Queen’s favourite bloom, lily of the valley.
In keeping with tradition, Charles and Camilla will wear two different robes each – crimson Robes of State on arrival and purple Robes of Estate as they leave at the end of the service.
The King will wear his grandfather George VI’s Robes of State and Estate from the 1937 coronation, which are nearly 90 years old and have been conserved and prepared for the occasion.
Camilla’s new Robe of Estate has been designed in purple velvet to match the King’s and hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, of which Camilla is patron.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “For the first time, insects including bees and a beetle feature on the Coronation Robe, drawing on the themes of nature and the environment and reflecting their Majesties’ affection for the natural world.”
Also there is myrtle, representing hope; alchemilla mollis known as lady’s mantle, which symbolises love and comfort; maidenhair fern, which symbolises purity; and cornflowers, which represent love and tenderness and are known to attract and encourage wildlife such as bees and butterflies.
It is not known how long the train is or how much the robe cost to make.
Elizabeth II’s purple Robe of Estate was more than seven metres in length and decorated with a border of wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising peace and plenty, and trimmed with ermine.
Ede & Ravenscroft, renowned for being London’s oldest tailor, has a robemaking and tailoring heritage which stretches back more than 330 years, having made garments for every British coronation since King William and Queen Mary’s in 1689.