What are the coronation spurs and what do they mean? | The Sun
KING Charles' coronation involves plenty of historic traditions.
This involves items from previous coronations being used. But what are the royal spurs and what do they mean?
What are the coronation spurs?
The coronation spurs are part of the royal regalia used in coronations.
The spurs were made in 1661 for King Charles II, but the use of spurs at coronations dates back to King Richard I, the Lionheart, and his coronation in 1189.
These spurs were altered in 1820 for George IV, when new textiles replaced the earlier buckles and straps.
What do the coronation spurs represent?
The coronation spurs symbolise knighthood and their use in the coronation ritual derives directly from the ceremony of creating a knight.
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They form part of the coronation ceremony in which the sovereign is invested with the ornaments or symbols of royalty.
Traditionally the spurs were fastened to the monarch's feet, but since the restoration they have been held to the ankles of kings, or in the case of queens regnant, presented and then placed on the altar. After the investiture the sovereign is crowned.
The gold, leather and velvet spurs also symbolise knighthood.
What regalia is represented to King Charles during the coronation?
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Multiple pieces of royal regalia are set to be used at the coronation.
Here is a list of the coronation regalia which will be seen on the special day:
- Two ceremonial maces
- St Edward’s Staff
- Swords of Temporal Justice, Spiritual Justice and Mercy
- Sword of State
- Coronation Spoon
- Golden spurs
- Sword of Offering
- Sovereign’s Orb
- Sovereign’s Ring
- Sovereign’s Sceptre with the Cross
- Sovereign’s Sceptre with Dove
- St Edward’s Crown (the Coronation Crown)
The King will switch from the St Edward’s Crown into the lighter Imperial Crown before he processes out of Westminster Abbey at the end of the coronation service.
Meanwhile, Queen Camilla will be presented with other regalia including:
- The Queen Consort’s Ring
- Queen Mary’s Crown
- The Queen Consort’s Sceptre with Cross
- The Queen Consort’s Rod with Dove
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