It would be 'big mistake' for Camilla to reject sceptre at Coronation

It would be a ‘big mistake’ for Queen Consort Camilla to reject traditional ivory sceptre at Coronation because someone will ‘always be offended’ if royals try to please everybody, Richard Eden tells PALACE CONFIDENTIAL

  •  Queen Consort Camilla may reject ivory sceptre due to anti-ivory campaign
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Queen Consort Camilla would be making a mistake if she chooses not to use a traditional ivory sceptre during the Coronation, the Mail’s diary editor Richard Eden has told PALACE CONFIDENTIAL.

Earlier this week, he wrote in his diary column that Camilla, 75, may reject the historical sceptre, which has been used by every Queen Consort at Coronations since 1685, because of an anti-ivory campaign championed by her stepson, the Prince of Wales.

Dropping the artefact would be the latest move away from tradition, and King Charles is widely reported to be keen to modernise.

Other changes expected at the ceremony on May 6 include a significantly shorter running time, with around an hour expected to be trimmed from the service.

In addition, the Queen Consort will not wear the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond, following a warning from India that it would bring back ‘painful memories’ of British colonialism.   

The Mail’s diary editor Richard Eden said he thinks it would be a mistake if the palace went too far in trying to be politically correct

Discussing the move further on the latest episode of the Palace Confidential series, Richard Eden said he believes this would be unwise, and that going ‘too far’ in trying to appease everyone would be a ‘big mistake’.   

He explained: ‘Apparently [Camilla] is not going to have the the Queen Consort sceptre, which has been used by every Queen Consort for more than 300 years at the Coronation of a King. 

‘Now the reason is because it’s made of ivory, but it’s particularly awkward because… Prince William has campaigned against the trade…in modern ivory…and the illegal killing of elephants. But it’s thought he’s not keen on using historical ivory either.’

He added that the Prince of Wales has been ‘quite passionate’ about the issue, according to reports which claim he intervened and suggested Camilla should not use the sceptre.

Describing the issue as an ‘interesting sign of the times’, Richard said that if the Royal Family ‘starts apologising for the ancient artefacts in the Crown Jewels, they should be apologising for their role in slave trade too’. 

He added: ‘I think it’s a mistake to go down this route, because you will never satisfy these people. 

‘There’ll always be someone offended and if they go down this route, you’re apologising from the start.’

He said the family should be free to acknowledge ‘the good and bad things of [their] past’ but that it would be ‘a big mistake’ to go too far.

It has been reported that Camilla may not use an historical ivory sceptre at the Coronation (pictured L-R: Camilla, the Queen Consort and King Charles attend a state banquet in Germany on March 29)

The ivory sceptre has been used by the Queen Consort in every Coronation of the King since 1685

Prince William is a patron of the Tusk Trust charity, which seeks to ‘amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa’, and he has spoken out against the ivory trade, urging action against the illegal trade.

It has been reported that the Prince clashed with his father King Charles several years ago, after he told zoologist Dr Jane Goodall that he would ‘like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed’.

The prince is said to believe the destruction would reinforce the message that the ivory trade is deeply immoral and discourage poachers. 

However, it was reported that Charles believes there is a vast difference between calling for action against illegal traders now and ordering Buckingham Palace to rid itself of an historical collection of artefacts that form part of the Royal Collection Trust. 

The Royal Collection, which is not owned by the Queen but is held in trust for the nation, includes 1,200 ivory items such as rare paintings, pianos, bookcases, tables, chairs and carvings.  

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