Tikimt 23, 1923 ( November 2nd, 1930 Georgian calendar), The 39 year old Empress Menen Asfaw was presented with a ring encrusted with diamonds, and then the red and gold coronation robes were placed upon her. The new Emperor received the Empress's crown from the Archbishop and spoke to following words about his Empress, " As I, with the will of God, have received this crown from your holiness, I request the Empress to receive this crown and partake in the honor with me. Therefore, I request your Holiness to put the crow on Empress Menen." Abuna Kyrilos took the crown from the Emperor and placed it on the Empress's head (It is to be noted that Emperor Haile Selassie I set a new precedent for how women were viewed, by changing the course of Ethiopian history insisting that the Empress be coronated on the same day as the Emperor and not three days later as was the custom) as he made a prayer that the crown be one of knowledge and wisdom, sympathy and goodness. in accordance with this pryer, Empress Menen used her crown to serve her people and help the poor.
Original artwork by Ato Roberts aka '1 Art of the Covenant',
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