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Your Essential Guide to the Coronation - The Tudor Travel Guide Virtual Summit

Date and Time
15 April 2023 - 14 May 2023

Your Essential Guide to Coronation

Unravelling The Mystique Of Monarchy

A Virtual Summit Event Goes Live On Saturday 15 April 2023

Ticket Price: $23.99

Please note that you do NOT have to tune in live to watch the videos. Once you have purchased your ticket, you can watch the videos at any time, and as often as you like, between 15 April - 31 May

I am delighted to announce the Tudor Travel Guide’s 'Essential Guide to Coronation: Unravelling the Mystique of Monarchy', which celebrates one of the most significant royal ceremonies: coronation!
With the upcoming coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on May 6, this summit gives you the background on the bling, the pomp and the ceremony of such a monumental occasion.

The focus will be on the history of coronation from Tudor times to today, exploring how that ceremony has evolved over time. Steering us through centuries of coronation history, Tracy Borman, who has recently authored, 'Crown and Sceptre', has agreed to be our lead guide.

Rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry, a coronation is a symbolic formality marking the formal investiture of a monarch. We'll go behind the scenes to unpack the history and significance of the buildings, gowns, jewels and regalia associated with such an event so that when 6 May arrives, you will be 'coronation ready' to impress your family and friends with your insider knowledge!

You will learn about:

  • The Buildings of Coronation: We will discover the history of the buildings that have featured in coronation festivities over the centuries and explore the significance of spaces used during the coronation ceremony.
  • The History of Coronation: Coronation ceremonies are steeped in centuries-old traditions. We will learn how these traditions have evolved, from Tudor times to the present day.
  • ​The Dress of Coronation: We will learn about the tradition of coronation robes. From inside The Royal School of Needlework, our expert guides will tell us about how these exquisite robes are imbued with symbolism and how they were commissioned and made during Tudor times.
  • The Regalia of ​Coronation: From the crown to the orb and sceptre, from the ampulla to the golden spurs, each of these objects is suffused with meaning. We will explore this metaphoric language, learn about the tragic fate of the medieval Crown Jewels and talk about the stories behind some of the most famous - and controversial - jewels you are likely to see on display at the coronation on 6 May.

Learn from World-Leading Experts

As our guides for this mini-virtual summit, we are lucky to have a number of world-leading experts on hand to navigate us through the glittering and spectacular history of coronation ceremonies. Read on to find out more details...

Please note: All videos are pre-recorded. They will go live at scheduled times. You can either watch each video as the schedule unfolds on the day or, if you can't make the date, you will be able to watch any of the videos at ANY time after they go live UNTIL 31 May 2023.

Here is our agenda for this online, virtual event:

Saturday 15 April 2023 Tracy Borman: The History of Coronation. Steering us through centuries of coronation history, Tracy Borman is an expert in royal history. Her book, Crown and Sceptre, released last year, charts the evolution of the Crown and the story of the 41 kings and queens who wore it. Tracy will share her enormous wealth of knowledge as she guides us through the rituals surrounding the coronation.

Jonathan Foyle: The Buildings of Coronation. Jonathan will dig deep into the history of the spectacular buildings associated with the coronation, notably Westminster Abbey and Westminster Hall. Transformed into the theatre of coronation, Jonathan will explain how some of the key spaces in the Abbey will be used during this glittering ceremony.

Eleri Lynn and Anne Butcher: The Dress of Coronation. Eleri is an expert on historic court fashion, having published her book Tudor Fashion last year. Former curator of 'Collections' at Hampton Court Palace. Anne Butcher is the 'Head of Studio' at The Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. Together, these ladies will explore the glamorous history of coronation robes, the different elements of the dress we will likely see during the coronation, and their symbolic significance.

Nicola Tallis: The Regalia of Coronation. Finally, Nicola Tallis, historian and author of the recently released book, All the Queen's Jewels, will explore the history and significance of the different items of coronation regalia. An expert in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and the history of jewellery, Nicola will talk us through the different objects associated with the coronation regalia.

Entertainment:Rebecca Monet and Ashley Risk: Enjoy a new illustrated presentation of Anne Boleyn's coronation procession as we follow the summer queen from Greenwich Palace to Westminster Abbey for her coronation 1 June 1533.

Event organiser is The Tudor Travel Guide.

Disclaimer: All information was correct when the listing was prepared. Any questions about the event should be directed to the event organiser.