The Coronation Emblem

from Christos Zabounis

One word is Greek. Emblem. The first is of Latin origin and is an antonym. Its rendering in Greek is coronation, with a crown, or else crown, with an omega by preference. On 6 May, King Charles III will be crowned king at Westminster Abbey, London’s Anglican Cathedral. The first recorded coronation in the same place was on 25 December 1066, that of William the Conqueror. The last was on 2 June 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II. The next will be on May 6 this year, for the half-Greek-born, on his father’s side, Prince Philip of Greece, King Charles III. Aside from the hot topic of inviting the estranged lamb Harry after his wife Meghan, one of the information recently made public was the Emblem of the Coronation. Because of its elegance I was quick to seek out more details, which I am happy to share with you. The rhododendron of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and the clover of Northern Ireland are the four plants that make up the design having the crown of St Edwards at their centre. Who was St. Edward or Edward the Confessor? Hmm, for those who talk about Glyxburg in our country, he was one of the last of the Aggosaxon kings (1042-1066), given that the next one was Norman and the current dynasty is of Germanic origin, from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. They were forced to change their name, in the midst of World War I, in 1917, to Windsor, but no one now disputes their Englishness, as long as they stood up for their new homeland. Finally, the colours of the emblem are the Union flag, i.e. the flag of the United Kingdom.