Coronation of HM King Edward VIII

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Coronation of HM King Edward VIII: report of committee of three architects appointed to advise upon schemes of decoration

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As planning for royal events developed, so the planners became more ambitious to provide public spectacle. This file relates to a committee of three architects, including Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who were commissioned to provide full decorative schemes for the processional routes through London used at the planned coronation of Edward VIII. Although buildings along the roads were the usual London architectural mixture, the architects tried to create the illusion of grand avenues by using great sweeps of decorative materials. Special ceremonial colours were identified (with the help of the National Colour Council), and suitable flowers were prescribed for show along the routes. The file contains colour mock-ups of the decorative schemes for the City and Whitehall.As planning for royal events developed, so the planners became more ambitious to provide public spectacle. This file relates to a committee of three architects, including Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who were commissioned to provide full decorative schemes for the processional routes through London used at the planned coronation of Edward VIII. Although buildings along the roads were the usual London architectural mixture, the architects tried to create the illusion of grand avenues by using great sweeps of decorative materials. Special ceremonial colours were identified (with the help of the National Colour Council), and suitable flowers were prescribed for show along the routes. The file contains colour mock-ups of the decorative schemes for the City and Whitehall.