The Coronation of King Charles III
The artist who painted the invitation for King Charles III’s coronation revealed that he was sworn to secrecy as he made the design.
Andrew Jamieson, 61, didn’t even tell his family that he had been chosen to create the artwork for the reported 2,000 guests who would arrive at Westminster Abbey on 6 May.
His design, which was revealed to the public on Tuesday night (4 April), was painted in watercolour and gouache and recalls the coronation emblem, accompanied by illustrations of wildflowers. The artwork was to be printed on recycled card with gold foil detailing.
The invitation has the text in the centre, surrounded by a colourful meadow featuring lily of the valley, cornflowers, wild strawberries, roses, bluebells and a sprig of rosemary to represent remembrance.
The artist, from Bermondsey, south London, was put forward by the Art Workers’ Guild, which asked eight of its artists to submit rough designs. After a few days, he received a phone call informing him that his submission had been successful.
The ancient symbolism behind King Charles’s coronation invite design
“I came up with the concept of a wildflower meadow, inspired by medieval books of hours and tapestries, and the motif of a green man,” he told The Times.
“Butterflies, birds, bees, anything you would see in a flower meadow. The official flowers of course — the rose, shamrock, thistle, daffodil — and there’s a sprig of rosemary in there for remembrance as well as wild strawberries.”
A lion, a unicorn and a boar – taken from the coats of arms of Charles and his consort – can be seen amongst the flowers.
The artist used the “Green Man”, an ancient figure from British folklore as the inspiration behind the design. (Buckingham Palace)
An ancient figure from British folklore symbolic of spring and rebirth known as the “Green Man” is the inspiration behind the design, with the symbol situated at the bottom of the page.
The artist previously trained in heraldry and manuscript illumination, and has experience painting coats of arms for people interested in their ancestry.
Jamieson also designs Royal Letters Patent and documents of state for His Majesty’s Crown Office.
The artist was told to keep his commission a secret while he was making it.
“Even my mother and kids don’t know, they’ll probably find out tomorrow when they read the newspaper,” he told the publication. “The whole thing was absolutely ‘hush, hush’. Only my wife knows but she’s been sworn to secrecy as well.”
As the invite was unveiled, Camilla’s official title as Queen Camilla – not Queen Consort – was confirmed.