King to receive new sword named after late Queen during Scotland visit

The King will receive a specially-made ceremonial sword subsequent week when he travels to Edinburgh.

On Thursday, craftsmen unveiled the new sword, named The Elizabeth after the late Queen.

The King is to be introduced with the Honours of Scotland at a nationwide service of thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral on July 5, however will probably be given the new sword on the Monday earlier than.

The Elizabeth is to fill the hole left by the Sword of State, in any other case referred to as the Papal sword, which has not been used at public occasions in recent times due to its deteriorating situation.

The sword was designed by Mark Dennis, an advocate from St Andrews.

The sword’s design takes inspiration from each thistles and the Scottish panorama.

Mr Dennis mentioned: “There’s by no means been something prefer it earlier than.

“It was an idea and the idea was merely this: it had to work.

“It had to work as a ceremonial sword, so it’s total dimensions are about the identical because the papal sword, but it surely additionally had to be totally completely different.

“So the character of it, the truth that the hilt and the quillings are a swirling thistle you’ll by no means have seen earlier than on one other sword.

“Gilded as it’s, it appears to be like acceptable. It appears to be like like a sword of state.”

Mr Dennis mentioned he needed to create one thing that really represents Scotland, “not with the scotty canines and whisky bottles and issues, however actually integrally the land, the symbols and the sense of Scotland”.

Engraved on one facet of the blade is the Royal motto, “In my defens God me defend”, and “Nemo me impune lacessit”, the motto of the Order of the Thistle, is engraved on the opposite.

Mr Dennis is definite the King will probably be proud of the specifically crafted blade.

He mentioned:  “We’re going to be presenting it to him on Monday and I feel he’ll say, ‘nicely, that is very good.’

“He loves craftsmanship and it’ll be the craftsmen, the individuals who made it, who’re there to current it to them.

“Our Elizabeth, to change into his. So I feel it will likely be an exquisite second for us.”

Alan Beattie Herriot, the sculptor who was commissioned to create the sword’s hilt, was initially requested to trend two swords round eight years in the past, however says the concept was shelved because the challenge was deemed “too political”.

It was not till the late Queen died final yr when the Scottish Authorities permitted the creation of a new sword in her honour.

Mr Herriot mentioned: “I personally assume that the individuals of Scotland ought to be actually proud that they nonetheless have the power, the craftspeople to produce one thing as beautiful as this.

“It is a lovely object – and it’s very Scottish.  As Mark has mentioned. it’s not about scotty canines, it’s not about tartan or no matter, however it’s symbolically, it’s of Scotland. That’s what I give it some thought.”

Mr Herriot travelled with a small group to the Isle of Iona to supply the stone that may finally be used as an integral a part of the sword pommel.

Requested if he thinks the King will just like the sword, he mentioned: “He’s a really cultured man and I feel he’s truly going to adore it.

“I feel he’ll be very complimentary –  there’s not an ideal deal not to like about this piece.

“It actually is kind of spectacular and I feel it does the job as they are saying, so I feel he’ll be delighted and he’ll be very fascinated by the way it was put collectively and the story behind it.

“And I feel additionally he’ll be delighted that it’s for his coronation.”

Paul MacDonald, a swordsmith of 25 years, was one of many key group members concerned in creating The Elizabeth.

Requested about how he felt after being requested to create the sword, he mentioned: “I may say slightly intimidating, as a result of I realised the importance of it was one factor, but in addition working as a collaborative with completely different craftsmen was one other stage.

“We had to preserve numerous wheels turning and transferring on the identical time, however challenges apart, it was such a particular honour all through from begin to end.”

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