Re: 1953 Coronation - floor plan in the Abbey - position of the Chair.
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This plan has given me some insight as to the actual spot of the crowning. I had believed that the Coronation Chair (Saint or King Edward's Chair) was placed centrally on the Cosmati pavement. This was 'confirmed' if you like by the recent painting by the Australian artist Ralph Heimans. See Octavius' recent post on this board below.
Now look at photographs of the actual pavement: http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-foundation-grant-allows-newly-conserved-cosmati-pavement-to-be-unveiled-at-royal-wedding/
Was the chair not set along the 'bottom' edge of the pavement? Is there any significance attached to the central motif? Is the monarch simply crowned on
the pavement? I earnestly hope that the next coronation will see the pavement uncovered and playing its significant role while still being seen.
Link: Octavius' post
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