During his coronation with Queen Camilla in Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday, King Charles III will wear a variety of historical clothes that represent his devotion to the Church of England and the throne.
Charles will put on the Colobium Sindonis, or shroud tunic in Latin. It portrays the priest’s vestment, emphasizing the monarchy’s divine essence once more.
He will then wear a long gold-sleeved robe for the Supertunica crowning. It weighs 2 kilos (4.4 pounds) and is constructed of gold cloth with silk thread wrapped in thin gold or silver pieces.
The Imperial Mantle will be draped around Charles. Its priestly style represents the divine aspect of royalty, and it, like the Supertunica, is made of gold cloth.
During the coronation, Charles will be crowned with the medieval St Edward’s Crown, while Queen Camilla will wear a modified replica of Queen Mary’s crown, constructed in 1911.
St. Edward’s Crown dates back 400 years and weighs 2 kg. It is fashioned entirely of gold and precious stones, and a monarch can only wear it once in his or her lifetime.
The Orb and the Sovereign’s Scepter, which reflect the monarch’s religious and moral authority, will be delivered to Charles III.
After his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died in September, he ascended to the throne.