Tomorrow [Saturday 22 April], Exeter Cathedral is to open a new exhibition to celebrate the forthcoming Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort. The exhibition will bring together memorabilia from previous Coronations, which have been lent by members of the public from across Devon in response to a public request by the cathedral earlier this year.
The diverse range of items on display will include an Earl and Countess’ Coronation Robes, replica Crown Jewels, and drapes from Westminster Abbey, which were commissioned for the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.
Jonathan Scott, Heritage Engagement Manager at Exeter Cathedral 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 that tell these stories.”
The cathedral will also be hosting a special Coronation Service of Celebration to mark the historic occasion on Sunday, 7 May.
The Coronation and Our County exhibition at Exeter Cathedral runs from 22 April until 15 May. Entry to the exhibition is included with the cathedral admission fee. Admission to the Coronation Service of Celebration on 7 May is free of charge, but places should be reserved in advance.