The Coronet of Charles, Prince of Wales
is a coronet
and part of the Honours of Wales
and Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
. It was made for and first used by Prince Charles
at his investiture as Prince of Wales
When the former King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom
went into exile
as the Duke of Windsor
in 1936, he took with him the Coronet of George, Prince of Wales
, a highly controversial – and illegal – act. This coronet
had, since 1902, been used by successive Princes of Wales at their investitures, including his own investiture of 1911.
The 1911 coronet, as part of the British Crown Jewels
was protected under the law of the United Kingdom
, which forbids removal of the British Crown Jewels from the United Kingdom under any circumstances
. Even seemingly legitimate uses of the Crown Jewels outside of the United Kingdom were precluded because of this law. For example, a new crown – Imperial Crown of India
– had to be manufactured for King George V
to wear as Emperor of India
at the Delhi Durbar
because the Imperial State Crown
, which he might normally have worn, could not be removed from the UK.
However it was judged impractical to charge the ex-king with in effect stealing part of the crown jewels. The crown was only returned to the United Kingdom following his death in 1972 and is now part of the Honours of the Principality of Wales
Creation of the new coronet
The traditional coronet being unavailable, and with the older Coronet of......