Over the weekend, the Commonwealth and fans of the Royal family celebrated the history-making coronation of King Charles III.
Although King Charles acceded to the throne upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, the proceedings are a chance for Canadians to mark the special occasion. The coronation marked the first formal investiture of a new monarch in seven decades, since Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremony in 1953.
As a constitutional monarchy, Canada has proclaimed King Charles the head of state, and in honour of His Majesty’s coronation, a new Royal Crown, Royal Flag, Canadian stamp, and collector coins have been announced.
Canada Post unveiled the new definitive stamp with an image of King Charles III to mark the coronation, continuing the 170 years of tradition of issuing stamps featuring Canadian monarchs. The new stamp features a portrait of the then-Prince of Wales, taken by photographer Alan Shawcross.
Special collector coins will also be released from the Royal Canadian Mint in celebration of His Majesty’s Coronation, which features His Majesty’s Royal Cypher as the symbol to commemorate this historic moment. The collector commemorative pure gold and silver coins retail for between $34.95 and $4,199.95 and are only available while supplies last given the limited mintage.
A new chapter in Canadian history. 🇨🇦👑— The Crown in Canada (@TheCrownCa) May 6, 2023
Today, we mark #KingCharlesIIICoronation.
In celebration of this momentous event, the @CanadianMint introduces the first Canadian coins to feature The King’s #RoyalCypher. pic.twitter.com/QaoZwSWOSS
A new Canadian Royal Crown was also announced, and incorporates uniquely Canadian elements including stylized maple leaves and a wavy blue line representing the country’s lands and waterways. The design also includes a nod to Indigenous teachings about the importance and connection to water and to the land. The Crown was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority as a symbol of the Canadian monarchy and was approved by His Majesty the King.
Today, the Canadian Government unveiled a new heraldic Canadian Crown replacing the traditional St. Edward’s Crown used on Canada’s coat of arms, police & military badges.— Canadian Crown 🇨🇦 (@Canadian_Crown) May 6, 2023
The design replaces religious symbols (crosses & fleur-de-lis) with maple leaves & a snowflake. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/lw04dC0zOZ
The new flag of the Sovereign was also approved by King Charles III. It is a rectangular representation of the shield of the coat of arms of Canada, featuring maple leaves and royal emblems of the United Kingdom and France. The flag emphasizes that the Royal Arms of Canada are also the arms of the monarch of Canada and will serve for all future sovereigns. The flag was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
In addition to the weekend events, celebrations took place throughout Canada and around the world.
From the illumination of the #PeaceTower to performances by Florence K and the Ottawa Youth Choir, and many more Canadian celebrations around the world, #KingCharlesIIICoronation was a historic moment.— The Crown in Canada (@TheCrownCa) May 7, 2023
Tell us what your favourite part was! 🇨🇦👑#Coronation
📸#1: @SenateCA pic.twitter.com/D5txwlk1re
As the Coronation weekend draws to a close, my wife and I just wanted to share our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped to make this such a special occasion.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 8, 2023
We pay particular tribute to the countless people who have given their time and dedication to… pic.twitter.com/WIMsgL1ex2