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Crowning glory for new King Charles III Professorship

Trinity unveiled a Wild Crown, launched a new punt named Charles and announced the King Charles III Professorship at the University of Cambridge to mark the Coronation of the College’s alumnus.

Trinity’s Vice Master, Professor Louise Merrett, said:

The Coronation of King Charles III is an opportunity not only to reflect on Trinity’s past but importantly also to look to the future. Trinity is delighted to support this new University professorial role, the holder of which will investigate some of the most pressing environmental issues we face today.

Hand woven from English willow by Trinity’s gardeners, the Wild Crown is wildlife friendly, sustainable and recyclable. Studded with succulent-plant ‘jewels’, topped with handwoven ball ‘finials’, and wrapped in ‘ermine’ wool, it will be dismantled and rewilded in Trinity’s gardens after the Coronation.

Trinity’s willow-weaving gardeners add the final touches to the Wild Crown

Deputy Head Gardener Karen Wells said the idea grew from discussions among the gardeners and their skills – including a gardener with a degree in fashion design and several with willow-weaving experience.

Many of our team enjoy crafting things – the beauty of this entirely recyclable Wild Crown is that it will be rewilded to benefit wildlife and the gardens here. We like to think His Majesty would approve!

The Master Dame Sally Davies launches ‘Charles’, Trinity’s latest punt to join the fleet

Crafted by Puntman Paul Joyce, the new punt is named in honour of the monarch, King Charles III, and in keeping with the College tradition, drawing on its own name, of playing on the number three.

Among Trinity’s fleet are punts named Wise Man, Point Turn, Nenya, Fluffy and for the scientifically minded, Codon, Lithium and Baryon.

Cambridge students, Camilla Esnou, in her third year of Law at Queens’, and Charles Li, also in his third year, studying Maths at Trinity, enjoyed Charles’ inaugural voyage after the Master Dame Sally Davies and Fellow in Charge of Punts Dr Rupert Gatti, together with the Trinity puntsmen, launched the new craft.

Charles Li and Camilla Esnou ready for the inaugural voyage
Gia Bao Tao punting Camilla and Charles in Trinity’s new punt

Photos: David Rose/Trinity College

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