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700-Year Old Coronation Chair Restored for King Charles III Coronation

Thu 02 Mar 2023 | 11:15 PM
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A remarkable 700-year-old coronation chair is in restoration works for the coronation of King Charles III, People Magazine reported on Wednesday.

The Coronation Chair was one of the highly significant elements of the throning of British monarchs including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Elizabeth II.

However, the chair suffered a lot of changes and damages due to time.

Westminister Abbey official said: "It has suffered occasionally over its lifetime, there is graffiti on the back from local schoolboys and visitors carving their names in the 18th and 19th centuries, and a bomb attack in 1914 knocked a small corner off it."

Westminster Abbey conservator Krista Blessley told People: "Given its age and use, the chair is in remarkable condition and much of the original gilding survives."

She added that the chair is made of oak and was originally covered in gold leaf. 

The statement also revealed: "The completed work will be entirely invisible but will ensure the preservation of these historic decorative layers not just for the Coronation but for centuries to come."

The coronation of King Charles will take place on May 6 to be the first coronation event in more than 70 years.