[Images one and two via Ann Carrington's site]
On Sunday, June 3, when all the cameras are focused on the Royal Barge as it travels along the Thames, I hope we see some nice close views of artist Ann Carrington's brilliant red, embroidered banner at the craft's stern. According to Colefax and Fowler's site, the iconic British fabric house donated to the project well over a hundred yards of Cardinal Red velvet, and Carrington incorporated into her design over half a million buttons.
The design is her own take on the Royal Coat of Arms with St. Edward's Crown, aka the Coronation Crown, placed between the lion and the unicorn (Carrington received permission from the College of Arms to do this special Jubilee year interpretation). She has also referenced each Coronation from 1066 to 1952, around the banner's border. Her inspiration to use buttons came from London's Pearly Kings and Queens.
The other day, flipping through Rosemary Crill's book, Chintz, I spotted another great version of the crest (the Royal Stuart Arms) worked into a 17th-century Indian export cotton. The Chinese- and Indian-related imagery in the cloth's surrounding field includes elephants, birds, and flowers.
[Images three through five from Chintz and the V & A]
BTW: Prints available from Carrington include The Royal Jubilee Banner and Pearly Queen of Jubilee Gardens.