The Queen's Coronation 1953

Invitation to the Coronation

Invitation for Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall, to attend the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Joan Hassall, 1953, RCIN 452424

The wood engraver and book illustrator Joan Hassall (1906–88) won the competition to design the official invitation to the 1953 Coronation.

In addition to the official invitation, Hassall also designed the personal invitation that The Duke of Cornwall received to the Coronation.

This charming design, incorporating the Royal Arms and National Emblems, reveals the meticulous observation and skill that were hallmarks of Hassall’s work.