Westminster Abbey, one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks, has placed the central anointing screen used during King Charles’ coronation on display in St George’s Chapel. The screen, designed by iconographer Aidan Hart, takes the form of a tree with 56 leaves representing the Commonwealth’s 56 member countries, while the King’s cipher is positioned at the base, symbolizing the sovereign as a servant of their people. The anointing screen was embroidered by staff and students from the Royal School of Needlework, as well as members of the Worshipful Company of Broderers, Drapers, and Weavers.
The wooden pole framework supporting the screen was designed and created by Nick Gutfreund of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters. It was gifted for the Coronation by the City of London Corporation and the participating Livery Companies, the City’s ancient and modern trade guilds.
The anointing screen was used during the most sacred moment of King Charles’ coronation, the anointing, and is on display in St George’s Chapel from Monday 8th May to Saturday 13th May. Visitors can also view the Coronation Theatre during these days.
King Charles and Camilla were officially crowned on Saturday, May 6, in a ceremony steeped in tradition and pageantry. The coronation marked the beginning of King Charles’ reign, and the anointing screen, with its intricate design, represents the importance of the moment.
The display of the anointing screen in Westminster Abbey provides an opportunity for visitors to witness history firsthand and appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship that went into its creation. It is a testament to the centuries-old tradition of British coronations and the important role that the monarchy plays in the country’s cultural heritage.
Westminster Abbey’s display of King Charles’ anointing screen provides a rare glimpse into the history and pageantry of British coronations. The screen’s intricate design, created by a team of skilled artisans, represents the Commonwealth’s diversity and the monarch’s commitment to its people. Visitors to the Abbey can witness firsthand the importance of this sacred moment in the country’s cultural heritage.