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Thistle of Scotland with Anita Pounder

Taking inspiration from the emblem for the King’s Coronation that takes place on Saturday 6th May 2023,

The emblem pays tribute to The King’s love of the natural world, unifying the flora of the four nations of the United Kingdom; the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and the shamrock of Northern Ireland. Together, the flowers create the shape of St Edward’s Crown, with which His Majesty The King will be crowned during the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6th May. The emblem has been designed using the red, white and blue of the union flag.

One of the oldest recorded ‘national flowers’, the Scottish thistle is a resilient little weed that has always bloomed across Scotland’s landscape, but it wasn’t until the 13th century that it’s place in the country’s symbolism and written history began.

Watch Anita as she creates the Scottish thistle with its prickly leaves and colourful thistle-down.

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