A new throne – level 2

06-03-2023 07:00

Restorers are repairing the Coronation Chair, which King Charles will be crowned on in May.

King Edward I ordered to make the chair in 1296. He brought the Stone of Destiny from Scotland to include it in the chair. Since that time, almost all monarchs were crowned on the chair, including King Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, and Elizabeth II, Charles’s own mother. The chair is the oldest piece of furniture which people still use for its original purpose.

The oak chair had layers of gold and colored glass on it. But over the centuries, the gold started to flake off. It is necessary to make it look new again and prepare it for this year’s coronation.

Difficult words: crown (to put a crown on someone’s head to make them a king or queen), monarch (a head of state, usually a king or queen), purpose (the reason for which something exists), coronation (the ceremony at which a person becomes a king or queen).

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