Coronet of Charles, Prince of Wales

Coronet Of Charles, Prince Of Wales

Coronet of Charles, Prince of Wales

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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 in 1969.

Background

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......
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