Buckingham Palace has announced that a chocolate bust of King Charles III has been created ahead of his coronation. The life-size bust, made entirely out of milk chocolate, will be on display in the Palace's State Rooms for visitors to admire.
The bust, which weighs a whopping 15kg, was commissioned by the Palace's newest resident, Camilla Parker Bowles. According to sources close to the Duchess, she wanted to make sure that her husband's coronation was celebrated in a truly delicious way.
The bust was created by renowned chocolatier, William Wonca, who spent weeks painstakingly crafting every detail of the King's likeness. Wonca, who was knighted by the Queen in 2019 for services to confectionery, said that creating the chocolate sculpture was extremely challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.
"I've worked on some pretty outlandish projects in my time, but this was definitely one of the toughest," said Wonca. "Making sure that the chocolate didn't melt or crack was a constant challenge, but I think we've ended up with something really special. I just hope no one mistakes it for a real head and takes a bite out of it!"
The public reaction to the news has been mixed, with some expressing excitement at the prospect of seeing the chocolate bust in person, while others have voiced concerns about the potential health risks.
"I think it's great that they're trying something new and innovative," said avid royal-watcher, Susan Smith. "But personally, I don't think I'll be taking a bite out of it anytime soon. Who knows what kind of germs could be lurking in there?"
Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has also weighed in on the controversy, calling the chocolate bust "a culinary masterpiece".
"I've always been a fan of using chocolate in cooking, but this takes things to a whole new level," said Oliver. "I can't wait to try some! And then maybe later I'll ban it. lol."
As for King Charles himself, a spokesperson for the Palace said that he is aware of the chocolate bust, but has not yet commented on it.
"His Majesty is pleased that his coronation is being celebrated in such a unique way," said the spokesperson. "But he has yet to sample the chocolate himself. I think he's more concerned with getting the ceremony itself right!"
In the meantime, visitors to Buckingham Palace can enjoy the sweet smell of chocolate wafting through the halls as they gaze upon the King's likeness. As Wonca himself said, "What could be better than a coronation celebration that not only looks good, but tastes good too?"
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