Dame Katherine Grainger DBE to carry the Elizabeth Sword at the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication to the King

A new sword of state is to be presented to King Charles III as Scotland marks the Coronation at a ceremony in Edinburgh this week.

The Elizabeth Sword will officially be given to the King along with the Honours of Scotland at a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Wednesday 5 July 2023.

The Honours of Scotland are the oldest crown jewels in Britain and are normally kept on display at Edinburgh Castle.

The Elizabeth Sword, designed by former Ormond Pursuivant of Arms Mark Dennis, takes inspiration from both thistles and the Scottish landscape. It features a pommel of Lewisian gneiss, and a scabbard wrought from Perthshire oak. The new blade will be used on ceremonial occasions and will replace the Sword of State, gifted to James IV by Pope Julius in 1507, due to its fragile condition.

During the service, Dame Katherine Grainger DBE will bear the Elizabeth Sword, with the sceptre carried by Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, and the Crown of Scotland carried by the Duke of Hamilton.

‘It will be an incredible honour to carry the Elizabeth Sword on such a historic day for Scotland. I hope I can do the sword, and the occasion, justice. It promises to be a day of enormous celebration for the King and for the country and I feel immensely privileged to be able to play a part.’

Dame Katherine Grainger