Buckingham Palace is issuing honours at Investiture ceremonies with out-dated royal warrants in order to use up the “existing stock”.
Dame Priti Patel and Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg were among the dozens of recipients at Windsor Castle on Wednesday to receive medals – known as insignia – with boxes that clearly stated “by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.
The Palace has decided to use up the “existing stock” before introducing newer investiture boxes to reflect that King Charles III became monarch some 12 months ago.
But aides don’t appear to be in a rush to update the royal warrant, with an insider saying the old boxes will be “in use for the time being”. The date of the next Investiture ceremony has not yet been publicly announced.
Using up the old stock of medal boxes is in keeping with the King’s environmental credentials as if they aren’t issued to new recipients they would likely be thrown away.
Investiture ceremonies are hosted by either Charles, Prince William or Princess Anne at either the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, the Grand Reception Room at Windsor Castle or occasionally at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
Each piece of insignia is placed on a cushion before it is passed to the royal to award the honour. Boxes are issued to them afterwards.
Princess Anne has hosted all three of the Investiture ceremonies this month, as aside from his recent state visit to France King Charles has been staying at his Scottish residence in Balmoral since August.
The news of the out-of-date investiture boxes comes after the Daily Express revealed the Royal Family’s official website was littered with errors.
The website, which has since been updated, referred to Queen Elizabeth II as monarch 74 times and called Prince Harry His Royal Highness – despite the Palace announcing in January 2020 that neither Harry nor his wife Meghan Markle would use their HRH titles after stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.
Other errors included calling King Charles the Prince of Wales, Camilla as the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince and Princess of Wales as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.