the bishop’s chair and the royal seat

Inside the Cathedral, the Royal Throne takes its place in the space in front of the presbytery, opposite the Archbishop’s throne. The king’s throne is surmounted by the royal canopy, dating from the 12th century, decorated with mosaics, bearing the following inscription dedicated to the city of Palermo: “Prima Sedes, Corona Regis et Regni Caput”, i.e. the first seat of the King of Sicily, the place where coronations take place and the capital of the Kingdom. The inscription also refers to the birth of the Kingdom of Sicily on 25 December 1130 with the coronation of Roger II of Hauteville, who became king of Sicily, Apulia, Calabria and Capua.