It’s the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign this year, an excellent occasion to take a closer look at the British royalty of course. Today we’ll be admiring the jewellery that is typical for British monarchs, we’re talking about the crown jewels of course.
‘Crown jewels’ is actually a term that refers to more than just plain jewellery. Of course there are many crowns, but the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom also contain such prizes as jewelled swords used during coronations, orbs, sceptres and the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond.
St Edward’s Crown: the senior and most famous crown of the British royalty
When discussing the crowns of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom there is one that takes precedence over all others: St Edward’s Crown. This historical piece is the official coronation crown and was used in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles II, George V and several other British monarchs. Due to its weight a majority of former monarchs have actually chosen not to be crowned with this piece of history, but it was often kept as part of the ceremony.