An evening of Coronation celebrations
The Coronation celebration was an event conducted with pageantry and fanfare. The spectacle of the London Scottish regimental band with pipes and drums created great excitement amongst the guests, who included royal media correspondents, Royal Warrant holders, luxury brand executives, hoteliers, restaurateurs, Palace officials and influencers. Guests were greeted with a glass of Bollinger Special Cuvée stylishly served en Jeroboam and were the first to see the magnificent Coronation installations unveiled in the Burlington Arcade.
On to the speeches. Victoria Carfantan, Director of Champagne Bollinger, warmly welcomed the guests and described the Coronation Afternoon Treats, Lisa Barnard, Chief Executive of ILN (and SPHERE's Publisher) told the story behind the commission of the painting and Illustrated London News' rare archive material, QEST Scholar and artist Alastair Barford described his experience of painting The King, and Burlington Arcade's Trupti Shah invited all guests to toast the Coronation.