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Top tech hacks to celebrate the King’s coronation – including sending a crown emoji

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Millions of us will be glued to our televisions on Saturday as we watch King Charles III be coronated at Westminster Abbey.

But this isn’t the only way you can celebrate the occasion using your gadgets.

A new emoji has been added of the St Edward’s Crown – the head piece that will be placed upon the King’s head during the ceremony – that can be accessed on Twitter.

You can also get closer than ever to the sparkly headgear by using augmented reality (AR) to bring it to your living room.

Here, MailOnline reveals the top tech hacks that will help you commemorate the day like no one else in history.

With permission from to the Royal Household, Atlantic Productions was able to capture a 1:1 scale digital twin of the crown for the smartphone experience.

With permission from to the Royal Household, Atlantic Productions was able to capture a 1:1 scale digital twin of the crown for the smartphone experience.

Tweet the coronation emoji

Buckingham Palace has released an official Twitter emoji to celebrate the coronation of King Charles.

The colourful cartoon motif depicts the 17th century jewelled solid gold St Edward’s Crown with purple velvet cap – the regalia which will be used to crown the King on May 6.

It is the first emoji created for a British coronation, with the last crowning – Elizabeth II’s – taking place 70 years ago, before the invention of social media, mobile phones and even the internet. 

To try it yourself, simply navigate to Twitter on either desktop or mobile, and login.

At the top of the page, type out a tweet, and make sure you include one of the following hashtags: #Coronation, #CoronationConcert, #CoronationWeekend and #CoronationBigLunch.

Post your tweet and the new coronation emoji will automatically be added on to the end of it. 

Buckingham Palace has revealed an official emoji to celebrate the coronation
The colourful cartoon motif depicts the 17th century jewelled solid gold St Edward's Crown (pictured) with purple velvet cap - the regalia which will be used to crown the King on May 6

Buckingham Palace has released an official Twitter emoji (left) to celebrate the coronation of King Charles. The colourful cartoon motif depicts the 17th century jewelled St Edward’s Crown (right)  with purple velvet cap – the regalia which will be used to crown the King on May 6

Check out the crown in AR

A new augmented reality (AR) experience shows a digital twin of the St. Edward’s Crown and combines it with your real-life surroundings. 

Using a smartphone or tablet, you can look up close at the gold, diamonds and precious stones and appreciate the 17th century craftsmanship involved. 

With permission from the Royal Household, British production company Atlantic Productions was able to capture a 1:1 scale digital twin of the crown for the smartphone experience in partnership with Sky News. 

To activate the experience, royal fans just has to visit this webpage on a smartphone and tap to place the crown on a ‘non-shiny surface’.

If you’re on a desktop, you can go to the same webpage to bring up a QR code, which you need to then scan with a smartphone. 

After a few taps to select your spot, the digital version of St. Edward’s Crown will appear on a velvet cushion on a table, a floor or even in your back garden. 

Cleverly, the crown appears to get smaller as you move away from the chosen spot, just like any other real-life object. 

Tapping on small circular icons brings up factual titbits about the making and history of the crown, which is made of solid gold and features more than 400 gemstones. 

A new augmented reality experience gives royal fans the opportunity to see the historic object up close and in your living room

A new augmented reality experience gives royal fans the opportunity to see the historic object up close and in your living room

‘St. Edward’s Crown is made of solid gold and weighs almost 5 pounds (2.07kg),’ the AR tool says. 

‘It is decorated with over 400 precious stones including sapphires, tourmalines, topazes and amethysts, as well as 168 pearls.’ 

Atlantic Productions said a digital twin of Queen Consort Camilla’s crown will be added to the experience once it’s been revealed on May 6.

Camilla’s crown will be a remodeled version of Queen Mary’s Crown, made in 1911 for the British queen Mary of Teck, wife of George V. 

Give your voice assistant a British accent

Make it sound like you’re in Westminster Abbey with the Royal family by giving your voice assistants British accents.

For those using an Amazon Alexa outside the UK, and therefore without British English as the default accent, it is easy to switch over.

To do this, you can say ‘Alexa, change your voice’, and it will begin to cycle through the options. You can then confirm when the sample of a British voice plays. 

Alternatively, you can use the Alexa app. Tap ‘Device’, then the ‘Echo & Alexa’ icon and then select the device you want to change the voice of.

Next, tap the settings gear icon on the upper right and scroll down to select ‘Alexa’s Voice’, before choosing one of the ‘British’ options.

You can do the same with a Google Assistant by going to ‘Assistant Settings’ on the phone, tablet or smart speaker’s companion app.

Tap ‘Assistant Voice’ under ‘All settings’, and choose ‘British Racing Green’ .

Make it sound like you're in Westminster Abbey with the Royal family by giving your voice assistants British accents (stock image)

Make it sound like you’re in Westminster Abbey with the Royal family by giving your voice assistants British accents (stock image)

Send a celebratory iMessage 

If you have an iPhone, you can send iMessages to your friends with celebratory effects, which may come in useful during the coronation.

When drafting a Message, press and hold the blue arrow on the right of the text bar to reveal four ‘bubble’ text effect options.

These affect the blue bubble that your message appears in on your friend’s device.

However, to access more celebratory options, press ‘Screen’ at the top to get options that will affect their whole screen.

From there you can select ‘Balloons’, which fills the screen with balloons, or ‘Confetti’ which sends a burst of streamers.

‘Celebration’ turns the screen dark before an explosion of gold sparks covers the screen, while ‘Fireworks’ does the same but with fireworks.

When drafting a Message, press and hold the blue arrow on the right of the text bar to reveal four 'bubble' text effect options

However, to access more celebratory options, press 'Screen' at the top to get options that will affect their whole screen. From there you can select 'Balloons', which fills the screen with balloons, or 'Confetti' which sends a burst of streamers

When drafting a Message, press and hold the blue arrow on the right of the text bar to reveal four ‘bubble’ text effect options. However, to access more celebratory options, press ‘Screen’ at the top to get options that will affect their whole screen. From there you can select ‘Balloons’, which fills the screen with balloons, or ‘Confetti’ which sends a burst of streamers

Track the royal flypast 

On Saturday afternoon, over 60 aircraft will fly over southern England to celebrate the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.

The display is due to pass over Buckingham Palace at 14:30 BST, and will include helicopters, transport aircraft, trainers, fast jets and the Red Arrows.

It will also be visible from areas of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Central London, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

If you are not able to catch it live, you can track the planes using a flight tracking app like Flightradar24.

On this app, you can filter the aircraft to just ‘Military and Government’ which on Saturday afternoon will only include those in the procession.

You can also filter by the aircraft ICAO type codes, so typing in those of the aircraft involved in the flypast will ensure they are all that is displayed on the app.

These are; AS32, H47, H64, EH10, LYNX, EC35, C17, A400, A332, C30J, P8, R135, F35, VF35, EUFI, HAWK, F900, E50P, TEX2, G115, DC3, HURI, SASP, SPIT, LANC and PREN.

Another option is to zoom in on London and observe how the display aircraft fit in amongst air traffic.

If you are not able to catch it live, you can track the planes using a flight tracking app like Flightradar24. On this app, you can filter the aircraft to just 'Military and Government' which on Saturday afternoon will only include those in the procession

If you are not able to catch it live, you can track the planes using a flight tracking app like Flightradar24. On this app, you can filter the aircraft to just ‘Military and Government’ which on Saturday afternoon will only include those in the procession

You can also filter by the aircraft ICAO type codes, so typing in those of the aircraft involved in the flypast will ensure they are all that is displayed on the app

You can also filter by the aircraft ICAO type codes, so typing in those of the aircraft involved in the flypast will ensure they are all that is displayed on the app

Try out a King Charles TikTok filter

If you don’t want to let the King have all the crowning glory, you can try out your own glittering headdress through TikTok.

User Julian Vizard has created a filter called ‘Royal’ which puts your face on a royally dressed avatar – complete with a crown – that is marching down a palace hallway.

But if you don’t fancy being King or Queen yourself, the creator has made an alternative, called ‘King in the sky’.

Apply this filter and point your camera to the sky, and a giant, dancing King Charles will appear over the skyline.

If you want to try out either of these, go to make a TikTok video, tap ‘Effects’ in the bottom left hand corner and tap the magnifying glass .

You will then be able to search for these, and a host of other fun, coronation-themed filters. 

User Julian Vizard has created a filter called 'Royal' which puts your face on a royally dressed avatar, complete with crown, that is marching down a palace hallway

But if you don't fancy being King or Queen yourself, the creator has made an alternative, called 'King in the sky'.

User Julian Vizard has created a filter called ‘Royal’ which puts your face on a royally dressed avatar, complete with crown, that is marching down a palace hallway. But if you don’t fancy being King or Queen yourself, the creator has made an alternative, called ‘King in the sky’

The gemology of King Charles’ coronation crown 

King Charles will be presented with the St. Edward’s Crown at his eagerly anticipated coronation. 

For the most part, the crown has been sat in the Tower of London since 1953, when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.

It is adorned with 444 precious and semi-precious stones, with the most prevalent being rose-cut aquamarines, white topazes and tourmalines.

Measuring 12 inches (30 cm) tall and featuring a 22-carat-gold frame, it comes as no surprise that the crown weighs a hefty 4.9 pounds (2.23 kg).

Here, MailOnline takes a closer look at what gems feature in the King’s sparkly new headgear and where they came from.

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Here, MailOnline takes a closer look at what gems feature in the King's sparkly new headgear and where they came from

Here, MailOnline takes a closer look at what gems feature in the King’s sparkly new headgear and where they came from

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President Joe Biden mumbled his way through an 11-minute farewell address to the nation and claimed he could have served another four years if he wanted to.

Biden, 81, spoke quietly, at times haltingly, and his voice was scratchy as he explained his stunning decision not to seek reelection.

The President said he had chosen to ‘pass the torch’ to Vice President Kamala Harris because it was time for ‘younger voices’ and he believed that would ‘unite’ the country and ‘save’ democracy.

Biden looked intently into the camera during the primetime address for which he was seated behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

He said: ‘I believe my record as president, my leadership in the world, my vision for America’s future, all merited a second term.

‘But nothing, nothing, can come in the way of saving our democracy, and that includes personal ambition, so I decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation.’

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President Joe Biden, in an Oval Office address, revealed why he decided to step down as the Democratic nominee

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From right: Jill Biden, Ashley Biden and husband Howard Krein, and Hunter Biden and his daughter Finnegan listen to Joe Biden speak

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As Biden spoke his wife Jill Biden, and children Hunter and Ashley, sat to his left along a wall watching his valedictory. 

Also present were several of his grandchildren including Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden.

The family broke into applause when the president finished speaking. Jill Biden joined him at the Resolute Desk, and Hunter Biden hugged his father.

Biden, who has just recovered from a bout of COVID  fumbled briefly in his delivery, mumbling at times. 

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He said: ‘I revere this office but I love my country more.

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Biden made it clear he is stepping down voluntarily, drawing a stark contrast with his predecessor.

He did not mention Donald Trump by name but talked about how the country is more important than anyone’s ambition to stay in the Oval Office.

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Before the speech began, staffers were spotted walking in from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is across the street of the West Wing, into the White House proper for the event.  

Biden’s decision to step down sent shock waves throughout the world and ended his political career that has lasted more than 50 years. 

He has already endorsed Harris and turned over his campaign infrastructure to her.  The campaign has renamed itself ‘Harris for President.’

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Within 30 hours of Biden announcing on Sunday that he was stepping aside Harris had pledges from enough delegates to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

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‘Now the choice is up to you, the American people.’

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Hunter Biden, his daughter Finnegan, Howard Krein, Ashley Biden and Jill Biden in the Oval

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Jill Biden joined Joe Biden at the Resolute Desk when he finished his speech

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President Joe Biden returning to Delaware after being diagnosed with COVID

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The president returned to the White House on Tuesday after spending six days isolating in his beach house in Delaware, where he was suffering from COVID.

He has canceled a West Coast fundraising swing scheduled for the end of the week.

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Biden spent weeks rebuffing pressure from senior figures in his party to step down as its nominee. But, on Sunday, he bowed to the inevitable.

He is the first incumbent president not to seek re-election since 1968 when Lyndon Johnson, under fire for his handling of the Vietnam War, abruptly pulled out of the campaign on March 31.

The president also joins James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman as presidents who all decided not to stand for a second term.

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Ancient carvings featuring the faces of Tutankhamun’s grandfather and other ancient Egyptian pharaohs have been rediscovered.

Archaeologists found the giant stone slabs at the bottom of the Nile River while searching for artifacts lost in a flood in city of Aswan in the 1970s. 

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Archaeologists have discovered mysterious carvings of ancient Egyptian pharaohs that have been submerged underwater for decades

Archaeologists have discovered mysterious carvings of ancient Egyptian pharaohs that have been submerged underwater for decades

During their exploration of the Nile River, archaeologists uncovered rock slabs containing hieroglyphic inscriptions and carvings of King Tatmas IV who ruled in the early 14th Century BC and King Amenhotab III who ruled from 1390 to 1353 BC

During their exploration of the Nile River, archaeologists uncovered rock slabs containing hieroglyphic inscriptions and carvings of King Tatmas IV who ruled in the early 14th Century BC and King Amenhotab III who ruled from 1390 to 1353 BC

Etches in the stone also discuss King Thutmose IV who ruled in the early 14th Century BC and was celebrated for his restoration of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Team members said they were surprised that the carvings were in such good condition and hope to extract more artifacts in future dives. 

The ancient artifacts were discovered in the area in 1960, but were lost the following decade during the construction of the Aswan High Dam in Aswan.

Archaeologists had rushed to remove them before they were lost underwater, but many couldn’t be relocated in time. 

The latest dive was to search for the lost objects, but led the team to the remarkably well-preserved depictions of notable pharaohs that have never been studied before.

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‘Since the site remains in good condition, the mission was able to fully document it.’

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The researchers used underwater filming and photographing techniques to document the discovery.

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The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism did not provide a translation for the hieroglyphs nor did they describe what the carvings looked like.

These finds were thought to be lost after the Awan Dam was constructed from 1960 to 1970, as archaeologists raced against time to save the historical Egyptian artifacts and monuments – including the Temple of Dendur now held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Now their new finds are shedding renewed interest in the archaeological significance of the site. 

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  • Bank of England elected to hold interest rates at 5.25% in June to curb inflation 

A third of a million of homeowners have been pushed into poverty because of soaring interest rates, according to new research.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said the number is likely to have risen by 320,000 between December 2021 – when the Bank of England started putting rates up – and December 2023.

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Sam Ray-Chaudhuri, a research economist at IFS and an author of the report, said: ‘Rising mortgage rates have played and are likely to continue to play an important role in many households’ living standards. But, perhaps surprisingly, they are not measured properly in the official income data.’

He added: ‘At a time when rates of deprivation and food insecurity have risen substantially, poverty statistics that hide the real scale of these increases risk policymakers missing what is truly happening to poverty.’

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British Airways has released a hilarious new safety video that’s proved a massive hit on social media, with one person hailing it a ‘work of art’.

The video has chalked up more than 93,000 views on YouTube in 24 hours and more than 180 comments. 

The video has been created in the style of a period drama and was directed by Sharon Maguire, best-known for helming Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones’s Baby. 

The new video was filmed at country houses across the UK, including Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and Englefield House Estate in Berkshire.

Commenting on YouTube, ‘Felix_velasquez’ says: ‘This is the most creative video I have ever seen – a work of art.’ 

British Airways has released a hilarious new safety video that's proved a massive hit on social media, with one person hailing it a 'work of art'

British Airways has released a hilarious new safety video that’s proved a massive hit on social media, with one person hailing it a ‘work of art’ 

The video has chalked up more than 93,000 views on YouTube in 24 hours and more than 180 comments

The video has chalked up more than 93,000 views on YouTube in 24 hours and more than 180 comments 

Plane Eyre: The video has been created in the style of a period drama and was directed by Sharon Maguire, best-known for helming Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones's Baby

Plane Eyre: The video has been created in the style of a period drama and was directed by Sharon Maguire, best-known for helming Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones’s Baby 

‘MattJDCooke’ says: ‘Love this. BA meets Bridgerton, Downton, Jane Austen et al. Original and memorable.’ 

BA explains: ‘The film depicts ladies and lords of the manor, as well as housekeepers and butlers going about their everyday lives in period Britain, before being abruptly interrupted by present-day British Airways colleagues demonstrating the safety briefing.’

At one point, a character is ‘bewildered by modern day contraptions and when posed with the question, “Is it a winged creature of the air or, perchance, a celestial contrivance navigating the skies?”‘, Ellis Brett, an apprentice in aircraft maintenance, responds with, ‘No, ma’am. That’s a British Airways A350.’

The new video was filmed at country houses across the UK, including Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and Englefield House Estate in Berkshire

The new video was filmed at country houses across the UK, including Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and Englefield House Estate in Berkshire 

Commenting on YouTube, 'Felix_velasquez' says: 'This is the most creative video I have ever seen - a work of art'

Commenting on YouTube, ‘Felix_velasquez’ says: ‘This is the most creative video I have ever seen – a work of art’ 

BA explains: 'The film depicts ladies and lords of the manor, as well as housekeepers and butlers going about their everyday lives in period Britain, before being abruptly interrupted by present-day British Airways colleagues demonstrating the safety briefing'

BA explains: ‘The film depicts ladies and lords of the manor, as well as housekeepers and butlers going about their everyday lives in period Britain, before being abruptly interrupted by present-day British Airways colleagues demonstrating the safety briefing’ 

The video features more than 40 BA members of staff, who received training from dialect coach Jill McCullough to ‘perfect their accents’. 

Helen Lau, a BA first officer who plays herself in the campaign, says: ‘As a first officer, my job means I am in the flight deck during the safety briefing, so to know that I will be appearing on the video in the cabins feels very surreal. 

‘I love the closing line, which says stay safe, look after one another and never change. It featured in the previous video and I hope is carried onto the next. It’s such a touching and uniting phrase.’

Sharon explains that the video was made with the help of ‘industry legends’, including three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan. 

Calum Laming, British Airways’ Chief Customer Officer, said: ‘We know that these videos deliver vital safety information, and it is so important that we do everything we can to keep our customers engaged throughout. When it came to selecting a genre, we wanted something that would enable us to do this, while resonating with global audiences, so a period drama with a little bit of humour seemed like the perfect fit. 

‘I am also incredibly proud that more than 40 colleagues star in the film as we have always said it is our people who make us who we are.’ 

The safety film will be shown on BA’s long haul flights from August 1. 

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