Newly made for the 1953 Coronation and presented by the Worshipful Company of Girdlers.
From the Royal Collection:
A long narrow band of gold silk, lined with red tabby silk and with fringed ends, embroidered with national, religious and Commonwealth emblems in gold and coloured threads - including the crosses of St George, St Andrew and St Patrick, the dove of the Holy Spirit, a crowned eagle, the crossed keys of St Peter, the symbols of the Four Evangelists, the rose, thistle, leek and shamrock, and plants emblematic of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka.
The Stole is placed over the Supertunica during the investiture part of the coronation ceremony. The Stole, like the other coronation robes, relates to priestly vestments, and although this particular garment dates from the twentieth century its form has changed little since medieval coronations. This link with priestly robes was a reminder of the divine nature of kingship. The sovereign is invested with the Stole following the anointing ceremony. This Stole was newly made for The Queen in 1953 and presented by the Worshipful Company of Girdlers.
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