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Sovereign Crowns

12 Apr 2023

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As the country hots up in anticipation of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort we couldn’t help wondering about the regalia that might be involved on the day. Nothing signifies Monarch more than the Crown, so let’s take a look at some in the Royal Collection...

St. Edward’s Crown
St. Edward's Crown is the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Named after Saint Edward the Confessor, versions of it have traditionally been used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th century. The original crown was a holy relic kept at Westminster Abbey, Edward's burial place

The Imperial
State Crown
The Imperial State Crown, or Crown of State, is the crown the monarch exchanges for St Edward's Crown, at the end of the coronation ceremony. The Imperial State Crown is also used on formal occasions, such as the annual State Opening of Parliament.

Crown of Scotland
The Crown of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Crùn na h-Alba) is the centre-piece of the Honours of Scotland. It is the crown that was used at the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland, and is the oldest surviving crown in the British Isles and among the oldest in Europe.

Queen Victoria’s Crown
A small Diamond Crown was worn by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. This miniature imperial and state crown made at the request of Queen Victoria in 1870 to wear over her widow's cap following the death of her husband, Prince Albert. It was perhaps the crown most associated with the queen and is one of the Crown Jewels on public display in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.

State Crown
of George I
The State Crown of George I is the imperial and state crown crafted in 1714 for King George I. It was modified and used by subsequent monarchs until 1838. The empty gold frame and its aquamarine monde which dates from the reign of King James II are both part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.[1] They are on public display in the Martin Tower at the Tower of London.

Coronation Crown of George IV
Because of the postponement of George IV's coronation due to the trial of his wife, Queen Caroline, the final bill for the hiring of the stones came to £24,425. After his coronation, the king was reluctant to part with his new crown, and lobbied the government to buy it outright so he could use it for the annual State Opening of Parliament, but it was too expensive. The crown was dismantled in 1823. Emptied of its jewels and discarded by the royal family, the crown was loaned to the Museum of London by the Amherst family from 1933 until 1985.Now part of the Royal Collection, diamonds worth £2 million on loan from De Beers are displayed next to the crown to give visitors an idea of how it looked originally.

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