"On September 22nd, 1761, their Majesties George III and Queen Charlotte were crowned in Westminster Abbey. The Coronation was near chaos. Not only the Sword of State but the chairs for the king and queen to sit on had been forgotten. The ceremony was delayed for hours. A muddle was made of the procession and by the time the ceremony was over, it was already grown dark. Worst of all, during the ceremony a large and valuable jewel fell from the crown. For many this mishap was symbolic, foreshadowing the loss of the American colonies."