This is the closest I have to a King Charles III figure, bought at some expense from Hamley’s recently in January from an underwhelming display of toy soldiers. It’s really a mounted Scots Guard Officer.
It obviously will replace the Young Queen Elizabeth II riding figure on parade.
Amongst my uniform books I have a 1937 Players album of cigarette cards of the 1937 Coronation. The album I think was a gift from my late Dad. It gives a glimpse of how things were done and how the various coronation staff dressed just over 85 years ago.
One of the roles shown are the Royal Regiment of Archers; coincidentally this week amongst a small parcel of figures which arrived from Alan ‘Duchy of Tradgardland’ Gruber was a battered Britain’s version of one of these archers to repair and restore or make new. I shall post pictures of this figure and the album when completed in the next few weeks.
I have seen almost no Royal / Coronation TV programmes so far, having been somewhat over-Royalled last year with parades and programmes for both The Queen’s Jubilee and her Funeral.
However I did enjoy Coronation Tailors: Fit for a King on BBC2 and BBC IPlayer, this week, tailor Patrick Grant’s look behind the scenes of military tailoring for the Coronation, amid the pressure of work cutting new or repairing old uniforms, replacing the QEII cypher with CRIII in time for the Coronation:
Some extraordinary military parade and band costumes for such roles as Drum Majors, Guards and Life Guards,
how the costumes were made in a London factory,
the mill in Yorkshire where the red cloth comes from,
the historic records of each uniform for each regiment,
even regimental mascot coats.
It also showcases some of the last people in Britain / alive who can make such things as special lifeguard helmets using 17th century tools.
Worth watching even after the Coronation event.
Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 5 May 2023