x.x.x.x | Message modified by user Boffer January 29, 2013, 6:58 am
The ceremony for the coronation of a Queen Consort, follows the same procedure as that of the Sovereign, anointing and then crowning, but is a shorter and more simplified form.
Whereas a Sovereign is anointed and crowned in St. Edward's Chair. A consort is anointed and crowned, knelt before the alter.
In a traditional coronation - with both a King and a Queen. The King is annointed and crowned first - then he moves to his throne and awaits his Queen to be anointed and crowned - before she joins him.
Tuxen, who painted the much loved painting of Queen Alexandra's anointing, also painted a the moment of her crowning.
(In this painting, Edward VII can be seen waiting on the Throne behind).
Although I could not find any images of Queen Mary's anointing - I did find this painting, also by Tuxen, showing George V crowned and receiving the homage of his son, the Prince of Wales - whilst Mary awaits, bareheaded, as she is yet to be anointed and crowned.
(There is a very similar painting to this one, of George VI and Queen Elizabeth at their coronation in 1937, by Frank Owen Salisbury, however, I cannot find a good image of it online).
In this video, at 6:30, once George VI has been crowned and moved to the Throne to receive homage - Queen Elizabeth moved from the Chair of Estate to the high alter, where she kneals - the canopy is brought over for her anointing, and she is then crowned.
It appears, from these paintings and video that at the moment of their anointing and crowing, consorts do not strip themselves of their jewels and instead wear the coronation gowns and jewels that they entered the abbey in.
It should also be remembered that following the anointing of a Queen Consort, she is crowned, which is when all the Peeresses would put on their coronets.
And then the Queen would join the King on the thrones in the centre of the Abbey.
There is a painting by Tuxen of George V and Queen Mary enthroned in the Abbey together, however I cannot find a picture of link to this anywhere online.
As I do not have my books at present, I am sure many more people could add referenced sources to back up the pictorial evidence I have posted above.
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