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02 Oct 2022, 7:20 am

I think it was earlier in this thread we were wondering what sort of a portrait would be used on coins and stamps?
One question has been answered, and it confirms a continuing tradition: the monarch faces the opposite direction to their predecessor and kings aren't shown wearing a crown -

50 pence piece and commemorative £5 coin:

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-63073983


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02 Oct 2022, 9:48 am

I wonder why it is that Kings don't wear a crown and Queens do :?


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02 Oct 2022, 10:24 am

Probably because crowns and closely related, tiaras, are seen as feminine when used in general imagery.

The image of the older Elizabeth on the £5 coin's reverse side shows her wearing the the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara (reputed to be her favorite, and bought from the Crown Jewellers Garrard in 1893 as a wedding present for Mary of Teck, later Queen Mary), while the younger is wearing the George IV State Diadem (as seen on postage stamps).

At some point he'll probably be wearing St Edward's Crown, used in coronations - but even that isn't a cast in stone certainty.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Edward%27s_Crown
Can you imaging balancing that... thing on your head? :lol:

Then there's the Imperial State Crown, used in the opening of Parliament (and at the end of the coronation).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_State_Crown

But Charles doesn't seem to me to be a "crown person".
Not that he'll take to wearing a cloth cap to open Parliament, but I suspect he'll just stick to a military uniform or a suit.


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03 Oct 2022, 6:52 am

I think King Charles wants to keep it as simple and short as possible, so I think you're right, he'll just wear his uniform.


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03 Oct 2022, 7:24 am

He wore the uniform when accompanying the Queen to the opening of Parliament so there's some precedent for it.

Camilla, who as Queen Consort will probably accompany him, may wear a tiara depending on the rules/traditions associated with them.


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03 Oct 2022, 12:48 pm

I don't really see Charles as a crown dude, either.


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03 Oct 2022, 1:20 pm

He’s already calling me for advice.
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