Posted on: 03/05/2023

A Very Royal Commission

Two students from Merstham Park have been assisting one of our parents with a very special royal commission for King Charles III's Coronation this Saturday.

Gabi is currently helping Jenny Adin-Christie with her business as a professional hand embroiderer. She is doing this as her volunteer role for her Silver DofE. Gabi, together with Jenny's daughter Iona, have been helping with this very exciting project.

This royal commission was to restore the historic embroidered tabards which will be worn by the Heralds at the forthcoming Coronation this Saturday. These are the tabards worn by Clarenceux, the King's Herald, the York Herald and the Portcullis Herald. These traditional garments are embellished with heavy goldwork embroidery and applique, depicting the Royal Coat of Arms. The embroidered motifs have been removed from the old garments, one dating back to the late 1800s. These are then repaired and transferred to new 100% silk velvet tabards. The girls completed this work at the College of Arms in London, working until 8.00 p.m.!

Jenny was delighted to have their help as this was a hugely time consuming project for her with a very tight deadline!

Congratulations to Gabi and Iona. We can't wait to see the tabards being worn on the big day!