On Friday, 10 February 2023, Buckingham Palace unveiled the emblem for the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla in May.
Using the red, white and blue of the union flag, the Coronation emblem features the national flora of the United Kingdom’s four kingdoms – the English rose, the Scottish thistle, the Welsh daffodil and Northern Ireland’s shamrock.
The four national flowers form the St Edward’s Crown which the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will place on King Charles’ head during the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey on 6 May.
They also symbolise King Charles’ love of the natural world.
The Emblem will be used at official events across Great Britain, including the Coronation itself and the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, and on social and digital media.
Official merchandise commemorating this historic event will feature King Charles and Queen Camilla.
The Coronation Emblem Designer
Internationally revered British designer Sir Jony Ive KVE and his company LoveFrom, created the emblem to symbolise and celebrate the historic beginning of the new Reign and the Carolean era.
It is such an honour to be able to contribute to this remarkable national occasion, and our team is so very proud of this work. The design was inspired by King Charles’ love of the planet, nature, and his deep concern for the natural world.
The emblem speaks to the happy optimism of spring and celebrates the beginning of this new Carolean era for the United Kingdom. The gentle modesty of these natural forms combine to define an emblem that acknowledges both the joyful and profound importance of this occasion.Sir Jony Ive KVE
The former Chief Design Officer at Apple Sir Jony Ive KBE holds more than 14,000 patents worldwide, uniquely spanning user interface and hardware design. In 2003 Sir Jony was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry and an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006. He holds honorary doctorates from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and the Royal College of Art.
Sir Jony has currently served as chancellor at the Royal College of Art since 2017.
Other honours include:
- 2004 – RSA’s Benjamin Franklin Meda
- 2006 – Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
- 2012 – Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
- 2018 – The Professor Stephen Hawking Fellowship by the Cambridge Union Society
In 2019, Sir Jony formed LoveFrom with fellow industrial designer Apple designer, Marc Newsom with studios in London and San Francisco.
LoveFrom is a creative collective of designers, architects, musicians, filmmakers, writers, engineers and artists.
Sir Jony and his team also designed the seal of the Terra Carta which was an initiative by King Charles, as the Prince of Wales, to recognise private enterprises that are leading the way in creating sustainable markets.