An Inside Look At The Coaches Used For Charles’ Coronation

When it comes to sheer extravagance, few things can touch the British royal family’s Gold State Coach. It’s quite the sight! This remarkable vehicle has been tied to the monarchy for generations, boasting a truly fascinating history. But with King Charles III’s making modern history, it was revealed that a second carriage was also involved in the proceedings.

A momentous day

It was a big moment, to say the least: the first royal coronation in seven decades, with the last one coming in 1953. For that reason, the eyes of the world were on King Charles on May 6, 2023. And as a result, his jaw-dropping modes of transport were sure to garner plenty of interest from the public, too.

Tradition and history

After all, when Charles sat inside the Gold State Coach, he continued a nearly 200-year-old tradition. But by calling upon the second carriage, the King also made a bit of history himself. He was the first monarch to use the Diamond Jubilee State Coach for a coronation. It’s the more modern of the two, and it boasts some pretty unusual features!

The creation of the Gold State Coach

As it’s relatively new, though, the Diamond Jubilee State Coach has some way to go before it can match the history of the Gold State Coach. The opulent carriage was initially dreamed up back in 1760; this was roughly 12 months ahead of the coronation of King George III. William Chambers was responsible for the blueprint, while Samuel Butler pieced it all together.

A missed deadline

So what materials did Butler use, then? Was he really building this thing out of solid gold? Nope! Instead, he went with wood that had a coating of gold leaf on top. You wouldn’t know that looking from a distance. Yet despite his best efforts, the coach wasn’t ready for George’s big day in 1761. It’d be another year until the monarch could ride in it.