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A pair of throne chairs, 1937, during a photo call for the new Coronation display for the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, in London
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Throne chairs

By tradition, ceremonial chairs and thrones are used for the different stages of the Coronation Service.

The Chairs of Estate are used at the start of the service during key moments such as the Oath taking, and later on after the Crowning and enthroning, during Communion.

Throne Chairs are used for the enthroning and homage. In the interest of sustainability, The King and Queen chose to use Throne Chairs and Chairs of Estate from previous coronations rather than having them newly made. The Throne Chairs were originally made for the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

Specialists at the Royal School of Needlework conserved the original Coat of Arms for His Majesty’s Throne Chair and added the new Coat of Arms of The Queen Consort to Her Majesty’s Throne Chair.

The Royal School of Needlework has a range of material on their website relating to their work for the Coronation, including the restoration of the Throne Chairs. You can also find out more about the chairs on the Royal Collection website.