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11 May 2023

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The Stole with which His Majesty The King was invested during the Coronation on Saturday 6 May was made by the Royal School of Needlework to a design of Timothy Noad, Herald Painter at the College of Arms, created by him under the supervision of Garter King of Arms.

The Stole was commissioned as a present to The King by the Worshipful Company of Girdlers.

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The design makes reference to earlier Coronation Stoles and features the Tudor rose, thistle, shamrock and leek together with an eagle beneath a Tudor crown. The symbols of the four evangelists also appear, worked in gold on purple roundels, as do the cross keys of St Peter, the patron saint of Westminster Abbey, and the dove symbol of the Holy Ghost. Additional panels in the design were inspired by the geometric patterns of the Abbey’s Cosmati pavement on which the Coronation Chair sat during the Coronation Service. The gridiron, symbol of St Lawrence, patron saint of the Girdlers Company, also appears.

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