'The crown translates a woman to a Queen'

Actress Claire Skinner paid homage to the Queen at today's Westminster Abbey Coronation service.

She read a poem called The Throne, written by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy (b 1955):

The crown translates a woman to a Queen - endless gold, circling itself, an O like a well, fathomless, for the years to drown in - history's bride,anointed, blessed, for a crowning.

One head alone can know its weight, on throne, in pageantry, and feel it still, in private space, when it's lifted: not a hollow thing, but a measuring; no halo, treasure, but a valuing; decades and duty.

Time-gifted, the crown is old light, journeying from skulls of kings to living Queen. Its jewels glow, virtues; loyalty's ruby,blood-deep; sapphire's ice resilience; emerald evergreen; the shy pearl, humility. My whole life, whether it be long or short, devoted to your service. Not lightly worn.

– The Throne, Carol Ann Duffy CBE FRSL (b 1955)