Final preparations are being made for the coronation of King Charles III, which will take place tomorrow, Saturday, May 6th, at Westminster Abbey. Thousands of people are expected to visit London to take part in the celebration of this historical event. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Catawiki, leading marketplace for special objects, has organised a charity auction featuring one of the last autographed items from the current King and Queen Consort: a ukulele!
About the ukulele
The object, made by a local craftsman, was put up for auction by Clutha Trust, a charity founded after a fatal helicopter crash in Glasgow in 2013. The charity was set up by the owner of Clutha Bar, the site of the crash, with the aim of helping disadvantaged youth through music and art.
In 2015, when the pub reopened its doors, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles visited the Clutha Bar and autographed the ukulele. The choice of this instrument was not at all random, but has an emotional value for the current king as it was always played by the Queen Mother, his grandmother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
"We are proud to own this object and have decided to put it up for auction to pursue our goal: to continue doing good through music," said Alan Crossan, Founder and Trustee of the Clutha Trust. "With the funds raised, we intend to further expand our musical and drama projects aimed at all young people in difficulty."
"We are thrilled to be able to offer this object for auction, royal memorabilia always generate great interest among collectors and enthusiasts," commented Alexander Becker, Music Expert at Catawiki. "Through this ukulele, people will have the opportunity to own a piece of history, which will go up in value more and more, and also support a good cause."