The coronation of King Charles III is less than three weeks away, and the formal invitations are still reaching the 2,000 guests who will be joining the royals at Westminster Abbey. Earlier this month, the palace shared the printed invitations and explained their symbolism, but on Tuesday, they posted images showing the painstaking calligraphy involved in finishing the invitation with the name of its recipient.
“The 2,000 invited guests to the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey will each receive a personalized invitation that has been beautifully hand-finished by a small team of calligraphers,” the caption on the images read. “Among the guests at the Coronation will be over 450 British Empire Medal recipients, who have been invited in recognition of the contributions made by remarkable volunteers, charity representatives and community champions.”
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The images from the palace featured finished invitations from two of the medal recipients who will join at the coronation. One was 13-year-old Max Woolsey, who became known as “the boy in the tent” after he began raising money for North Devon Hospice by sleeping outside in his yard in early 2020. His last night in the tent was earlier this month, and ultimately he raised £750,000 for the hospice. On Monday, he told BFBS Radio that he planned to take his father, who recently concluded his service in the Royal Marines, as his plus one.
An announcement from the palace said that many invitees were chosen for being “instrumental in providing services and support to their local communities during the COVID-19 lockdowns.” On Tuesday, the palace also featured the invitation that went to Hareen De Silva, a doctor who was awarded the medal for services to general practice during the pandemic for his work with the Test and Trace Service and NHS Nightingale.
“I am looking forward to being present in a historic event for this country,” De Silva said in a statement. “I am feeling privileged to be a part of this momentous occasion, especially being a Sri Lankan immigrant, being raised in one of the poorest areas of London and then receiving a British Empire Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
The guest list includes honorees and dignitaries from around the world, but a few members of the extended royal family have been left off the list. On an April 5 episode of the show Loose Women, Sarah Ferguson said she was not invited to the coronation, but People reports that she did receive an invitation to the palace concert where Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will be performing. Charles’s relative Lady Pamela Hicks, the daughter of Louis Mounbatten, is also not among the 2,000 guests who will be present on May 6, according to the Daily Mail, who say she received a call from Buckingham Palace informing her that she would not be included.
“My mother was not offended at all,” said her daughter, India Hicks. “‘’How very, very sensible,’ she said. “Invitations based on meritocracy not aristocracy. ‘I am going to follow with great interest the events of this new reign.’”
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