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King Charles III Coronation Bench

King Charles III Coronation Bench

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23 October 2023

Unveiling of The King’s Coronation commemorative bench

Fareham Borough Council is proud to announce that a bench commemorating the Coronation of King Charles III will be officially unveiled at 2pm on Wednesday 1 November 2023.

The bench will be located at Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Park at Daedalus, a short walk from Broom Way car park. The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Fred Birkett, will be in attendance to make a speech and unveil a plaque beside the bench.

Designed by Nigel Searle and created by artisan blacksmiths Pete Clutterbuck, John Duffield and Patrick Mannerings, the bench incorporates elements that hold significance for King Charles III and the Royal Family. 

Daffodils, thistle, rose and shamrocks represent the four nations, while three delphiniums, The King’s favourite flower, represent the ‘third’ in King Charles III. Oak leaves reference the centuries-old tradition of using English Oak in manufacture and construction, and birds amongst the leaves are representative of The King’s position as patron for the RSPB, as well as His Majesty’s love of the countryside. The arch that forms the back of the seat refers to The King’s love of architecture, with the curved seat representing the landscape.

Executive Member for Leisure and Community at Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Mrs Walker, said:

“I do hope that Fareham residents will be able to join us for the unveiling of The King’s Coronation commemorative plaque and bench at Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Park. The design and construction of the bench is a thoughtful and fitting tribute to His Majesty and will serve as a focal point in the park for many years to come.”

A map showing the location of the bench can be found at the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Park web page: https://www.fareham.gov.uk/daedalus/newopenspace.aspx.  


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