The coronation of King Charles III has marked the restoration of a centuries-old royal treasure in Cartmel Priory.

To celebrate the crowning of the new monarch, the Priory's 1681 Royal Coat of Arms (COA) of King Charles II has been meticulously returned to its former glory.

Over time, 300 years of accumulated grime had darkened the artwork, rendering it almost unrecognisable.

"Changes began following the ascent of King Charles III when proposals were made to restore the COA," states a representative from the Priory.

Harrogate's renowned restorer, Francis Dowling, was then selected to begin the delicate process of cleaning and conserving the fragile work of art.

Viewers were fascinated by the resurrection of intricate age-old details as centuries-old detritus was gently stripped away.

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Curiously, a biblical text was discovered painted on the piece's reverse side.

Captured in photographs, future plans for its display are currently underway.

"The painstaking touch-ups and revarnishing were finished and the COA is now back in place," the representative added.

The Priory managed the project in conjunction with the generous support received from local donors and Cartmel Village Society.

An unveiling ceremony is being planned for the near future.