Decoding the King’s nature-inspired coronation invitation

Decoding the King’s nature-inspired coronation invitation


The vibrant coronation invitation has been designed by Andrew Jamieson, a heraldic artist and manuscript illuminator and a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, of which King Charles is an Honorary Member. The palace explained that the ‘original artwork for the invitation was hand-painted in watercolour and gouache, and the design, which recalls the Coronation Emblem, will be reproduced and printed on recycled card, with gold foil detailing.’ Included in the design is ‘the motif of the Green Man, an ancient figure from British folklore, symbolic of spring and rebirth, to celebrate the new reign.’ Shown ‘crowned in natural foliage’, the form of Green Man is made up of ‘leaves of oak, ivy and hawthorn, and the emblematic flowers of the United Kingdom.’

The intricate design along the border of the invitation is inspired by a ‘British wildflower meadow’, featuring ‘lily of the valley, cornflowers, wild  strawberries, dog roses, bluebells, and a sprig of rosemary for remembrance, together with wildlife including a bee, a butterfly, a ladybird, a wren and a robin.’ The flowers are grouped in threes, ‘signifying The King becoming the third monarch of his name.’ A lion, unicorn and boar also appear among the flowers, a nod to ‘the coats of arms of Their Majesties’, while the Queen Consort’s arms ‘are now enclosed by the Garter, following her installation as a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter last summer.’

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 05: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince George of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Chris Jackson/Getty Images