Burlington Arcade unveils installation to mark the Coronation of His Majesty the King
Historical luxury shopping destination Burlington Arcade unveils a celebratory installation to mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.
The installation will adorn the historic arcade until 31st May 2023
The installation features three symbolic celebratory motifs for this occasion. These motifs include the four flowers of the nation: the thistle, Scotland’s national flower; the daffodil, the national flower of Wales; the three-leaf shamrock, regarded as the national symbol of Northern Ireland, and finally, the Tudor Rose, the national flower of England which has merged with the official Burlington Arcade rosette.
Alongside the flowers of the nation, King Charles’ new royal cypher also appears in the installation’s design. Designed by the College of Arms, the new royal cypher shows His Majesty’s initial – C – intertwined with the letter R for Rex, Latin for King, and finally with III to signify Charles III, with the crown above the letters. Another symbolic motif featured across the installation is the official emblem of the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort, created by Sir Jony Ive KBE and his creative collective, LoveFrom.
These motifs will be seen decorating the 204-year-old arcade across 55 flags and a 180 metres long carpet running the entire arcade from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. Two of the flags, larger in size, will be presiding over each of the entrances to Burlington Arcade, flanked by plaques featuring King Charles’ new royal cypher.
Burlington Arcade has witnessed British History and the UK’s monarchy since it opened to the public in 1819, witnessing 10 King and Queen Coronations from King George III. In 1946, an application was sent to the Ministry of Works to restore the Arcade to its elegant pre-war splendour. Works started in December 1952, and the restoration was completed in time for the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953, with the official carriage procession passing by Burlington Arcade via Piccadilly.
Commenting on the installation, Mark Lord, Head Beadle of Burlington Arcade, said: “Burlington Arcade is proud to join other key London landmarks and be part of this historic celebration. We have carefully curated the installation to channel the grandeur and elegance of such a moment while also honouring the rich heritage of our iconic shopping arcade. We look forward to welcoming visitors to celebrate this momentous occasion.”
Afternoon tea and shopping
As part of the celebrations, Burlington Arcade has partnered with Champagne Bollinger and Didier Patisserie to launch a commemorative afternoon tea celebrating this historic event. It will launch on 27th April and be available four days a week until Sunday 14th May 2023 and only available at the world’s only Bollinger Bar at Burlington Arcade.
Furthermore, Burlington Arcade, known for its curated selection of unique brands, will be a must-visit for Londoners and visitors. Those looking for special purchases to remember the historical moment can find unique purchases on some of Burlington Arcade’s most famed brands.
- Manolo Blahnik Men’s are launching a limited edition collection of four styles available exclusively at the brand’s boutique in Burlington Arcade.
- Recognised for its exclusive silverware, Royal Warrant Thomas Goode & Co will mark the occasion by creating a unique window display with pieces from their archive, including beautiful chinaware reflecting this relationship alongside historical documentation.
- Newly opened 886 The Royal Mint have launched a limited edition capsule collection of coronation hallmark pieces which will be available from the Burlington Arcade 886 store from 27th April. Each piece in the collection is limited to three, marking King Charles III.
- Globe Trotter will offer complimentary champagne and free hot stamping on small leather goods with London-themed icons and have created a special window display showcasing archive pieces related to the Royal Family.
- British fragrance house Roja Perfumer and Royal Warrant holder Crockett & Jones have created a special window display for the coronation.
- Those looking for jewellery will be able to discover Susannah Lovis, Michael Rose, Hancocks, Azza Fahmy, Sterling Diamond, as well as Lily Gabriella and newly opened CARA Jewellers. V
- Visitors searching for timeless footwear should visit Baudoin & Lange, KickGame and Mou.
For further information on activities, new openings, experiences and shopping visit Burlingtonarcade.com