Residents across Devon have contributed to a new exhibition at Exeter Cathedral by loaning memorabilia they have collected from previous coronations. The new collection was unveiled on 22nd April and will be in place throughout the Coronation weekend to celebrate King Charles III and the Queen Consort.
The items on display includes robes from an earl and a countess, replica Crown Jewels and a set of drapes from Westminster Abbey which were commissioned for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.
Speaking to reporters about the collection, Exeter Cathedral’s Heritage Engagement Manager, said: “We were keen to tell the coronation stories of the people of Devon and we have had an amazing response from our call out for contributions. We have been able to bring together a fascinating and wide range of objects to tell these stories.”
Exeter Cathedral will also be hosting a special Coronation Service of Celebration to mark the historic occasion on Sunday, 7th May with the exhibition running until 15th May. Entry to the exhibition is included with the usual Cathedral entry fee. Admission to the Coronation Service of Celebration is free of charge, but places should be reserved in advance via the cathedral’s website.