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King Charles III forced to use ‘pingpong ball’ for ‘futuristic’ crown

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King Charles’ investiture crown as Prince of Wales underwent a radical refit for his investiture ceremony according to a royal expert who interviewed the coronet’s designer. The crown was made with electro-magnetic plating which was revolutionary for the time and provided a modern twist to the historic occasion, but difficulting crafting a metal orb centre-piece reportedly resulted in a ping-pong ball being used instead.

Ms English told Mail plus’s Palace Confidential: “We mentioned heritage, did you know that the crown that Prince Charles was invested in 1969 was actually made out of a ping pong ball?

“This is a true fun royal fact I interviewed the guy who made it.

“They wanted it to be modern and not old, so they had this new kind of electromagnetic plating thing, I can’t remember the exact name, but they couldn’t work out how to make the orb art the middle of it and the guy came up with the idea let’s use a ping pong ball.”

“That crown is weird looking when you look back at it,” added the host Jo Elvin.

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It comes as the official coin effigy of King Charles III was unveiled by the Royal Mint.

People will start to see the King’s image in their change from around December, as 50p coins depicting Charles gradually enter circulation to meet demand.

In the meantime, the Mint will release a memorial coin range on Monday October 3 at 9am to commemorate the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.

The King’s portrait will first appear on a special £5 Crown and 50p commemorating the Queen.

King Charles III coin portrait unveiled by the Royal Mint

Nicola Howell, chief commercial officer at the Royal Mint told the PA News agency: “We expect customers will start to be able to receive the commemorative range from October and then we expect the 50p memorial circulating coin to be appearing in people’s change probably from December.”

The King’s effigy has been created by sculptor Martin Jennings, and has been personally approved by Charles, the Mint said.

In keeping with tradition, the King’s portrait faces to the left, the opposite direction to Queen Elizabeth II.

Chris Barker from the Royal Mint Museum told PA: “Charles has followed that general tradition that we have in British coinage, going all the way back to Charles II actually, that the monarch faces in the opposite direction to their predecessor.”

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He described the portrait as: “Dignified and graceful, which reflects his years of service.”

All UK coins bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II will remain legal tender and in active circulation.

Historically it has been commonplace for coins featuring the effigies of different monarchs to co-circulate, helping to minimise the environmental impact and cost.

There are around 27 billion coins currently circulating in the UK bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

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