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The Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels are the most complete collection of royal regalia in the world

Assorted regalia from the Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels are the most resplendent and famous of the nation's treasures.  Kept under the watchful eye of the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London, they constitute the most complete collection of royal regalia in the world.  Their long history, spanning almost a thousand years, and their continued ceremonial use in the Coronation Service and at the State Opening of Parliament make them one of the richest expressions of sovereign magnificence.

As a group, the Crown Jewels comprise a host of extraordinary items – from orbs, sceptres and crowns, to gold and silver-gilt banqueting and altar plate.  All are intimately connected with the status and role of the monarch.  The oldest of these is the twelfth-century spoon used for the sovereign's ritual anointing at the coronation.

Today, the Crown Jewels consist largely of the remarkable pieces made for Charles II's coronation in 1661, and later supplemented at definitive moments in monarchical history.  Fashioned from singularly precious materials, they incorporate some of the world's most famous gemstones, including the Koh-i-nûr and Cullinan diamonds.  

The regalia of Charles II

The regalia made for Charles II in 1660 is the central part of today's Crown Jewels

In detail: St Edward's Crown

The crown used at the moment of Coronation

Banqueting and church plate

Stored at the Jewel House, the plate is considered part of the Crown Jewels

Regalia for Queens, Consorts & Emperors

Additions to the Crown Jewels have been made since the Restoration

The Cullinan Diamond

Stones cut from the largest diamond ever found have been included in the Crown Jewels