All 20 (yes, twenty!) emblems for the Coronation of King Charles III, the exact colours required and how to use them in Microsoft Office like Word documents and PowerPoint slides. Also how to get an SVG/icon version of the emblem, ideal for modern Office apps and show just the parts you want (e.g. no text, just the middle crown etc.)
You may have seen the main Coronation Emblem designed by Sir Jony Ive, the famous designer of many Apple products. What’s overlooked are the 19 variations on the primary English language design.
The same emblems can be added to Word documents, Outlook emails, Publisher docs or, in this case, a PowerPoint slide.
To do that, you need to know where to get the original design in good quality, the colour and size variations available and the exact colors used (Hex or RGB) to match with the doc/slide design.
The emblem is appearing in merchandise of varying price, quality and good taste. The palace itself shows examples ranging from the inevitable plate or T-shirt to a water bottle.
“This official emblem celebrates the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on 6 May 2023. The emblem is created with the flora of the four nations of the United Kingdom: the rose for England, the thistle for Scotland, the daffodil for Wales and the shamrock for Northern Ireland. These natural forms combine to describe St Edward’s Crown, used for the coronation of British monarchs.”
Color/Colour: since this is a very British event, we’re using their spelling of colour <g>.
Secondary Coronation Emblems
There are many alternatives called secondary emblems:
- Colour variations; red, blue, black or white
- Small (under 3cm diameter), simplified versions
All the emblems come with either English or Welsh text.
5 color variants x 2 sizes (large or small) x 2 languages = 20 emblems.
The primary emblem (called Red-Blue) has Red, Blue, Black and White versions.
Colour Codes for Coronation Emblems
Here are all the colour codes to match the emblems, in Hex or RGB:
#808080 RGB(128,128,128) aka Black 50% tint
Small and Simplified Coronation Emblem
A simplified Coronation Emblem for sizes below 3cm diameter has less detail or ‘frills’.
The smaller emblem is available in all the five colour variations mentioned above.
All ten Coronation Emblems (large and small) also have versions with Welsh text, doubling the range to 20 emblems.
Sources of the Coronation Emblem
Wikipedia has a small version of the main Coronation Emblem as a PNG.
The official complete set of Coronation Emblems (English and Welsh) is at WeTransfer. A ZIP file with all 20 versions in either PNG or PDF versions.
Coronation Emblem as an SVG
Regular Office Watch readers know we’re big fans of the SVG format (Microsoft calls them Icons). SVG’s can be resized to very big or very small with no loss of quality.
The official emblems only come as a raster graphic in a PDF file. A PDF containing just a raster graphic can be converted to a SVG using various online tools. We tried https://convertio.co/pdf-svg/ which produced a quality SVG version of the Coronation Emblem in seconds.
Here is the primary Coronation Emblem as an SVG file, to save you the trouble of converting. Right-click in your browser and choose ‘Save Image As …’ or equivalent. The saved SVG file can be inserted into modern Office apps.
Use one of the PDF conversion tools if you need an SVG version of another Coronation emblem.
See only parts of the Coronation Emblem
If you just want parts of the Emblem (e.g. without text) that’s possible in Office.
- Insert the SVG above into Word or other Office app
- Go to Graphics Format | Convert to Shape.
- Open the Selection Pane at Shape Format | Arrange (on the right of the ribbon)
- The Selection Pane shows the different parts of the emblem with show/hide icons next to each component.
- The numbers on each part will be different on each machine.
- The naming is done automatically and not very helpful (e.g. Office makes two ‘Graphic 1’????). The parts can be renamed.
- Use the eye icon to hide/reveal parts. For example, hiding the first ‘Freeform Shape’ under the first ‘Graphic 1’ hide the text surround.
Try various combinations to get only the parts you want. The first ‘Graphic 1’ has the text plus center crown. The other ‘Graphic 1’ makes up the red surround.
The UK Royal web site has a page with more details on the background and rules for use of the Coronation Emblem.