Londoners have been reacting positively to the latest installation at Marble Arch after a giant 16 foot crown appeared near the landmark celebrating King Charles III’s Coronation happening this Saturday (May 6).
The crown is a huge scale replica of St Edward’s Crown which the King will be crowned with on the big day, and has already proved a hit with tourists as they pose in front of it for pictures.
It makes quite a departure from the last high profile installation on the site known as the Marble Arch mound, a huge scaffold based mound draped in greenery intended as a lookout point over Hyde Park. The mound ended up bombing in terms of visitor numbers and costing Westminster Council £6m.
The replica crown – weighing 300kg and incorporating 36 different coloured glass stones – is on display at Marble Arch until Thursday, May 11. Visitors can take photos with the crown and scan the QR code around the installation to learn more about Marble Arch’s royal connections.
The initial reaction to the crown has been a much more positive one though, with the the residual ill-will towards the mound proving somewhat helpful.
One Londoner wrote: “The Marble Arch Crown looks fantastic.” Another said: “It beats the Mound – that’s for sure.”
While an American tourist visiting London this week added: “This by far has been my favourite. A giant crown outside Marble Arch.”
The crown has been installed by Marble Arch BID, a champion for business that provides a collective voice for approximately 200 member businesses and organisations located in the Marble Arch district.
Kay Buxton, Chief Executive, Marble Arch London BID, said: “Marble Arch has a long and celebrated history of Royal Coronations from the monument’s early creation to Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremony in 1953. We could think of no better way to pay tribute to King Charles III’s Coronation than to install this fantastic and stunningly realistic attraction for all to enjoy as they venture to this part of London in the days before and after this very special Royal occasion.
“Alongside the exciting visual display, we hope visitors can learn more about Marble Arch’s long connection with the Royal Family as well as its wider role in some of the nation’s biggest events.
“We look forward to welcoming the thousands of visitors expected in London in the days around the Coronation weekend and hope they are able to enjoy the wide variety of attractions we have in this part of London.”