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New display of the Crown Jewels

Discover the Crown Jewels, the awe-inspiring symbols of monarchy that are still in use today

The Imperial State Crown

New Crown Jewels exhibition

The re-presentation of the Crown Jewels has given the Crown Jewels a home fit for the 21st century, with new displays showing the jewels like never before.

Queen Elizabeth's crownThe new display explores the importance of the Crown Jewels to the British Monarchy, the role of the Tower in protecting these treasures and the long and fascinating tradition of coronations in England. The Crown Jewels, part of the Royal Collection, are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy and hold deep religious and cultural significance in our nation’s history. The mystique and beauty of the diamonds and precious jewels in the royal regalia have always held an unparalleled allure to visitors from across the globe.

The Coronation ceremony is the central theme of the re-presentation. Since 1066, coronation ceremonies have taken place in Westminster Abbey, the great church built by Edward the Confessor. The displays examine how the royal regalia are used during the ceremony and explore the symbolism of each object. Destroyed at the Tower after the Civil War and remade for Charles II’s coronation in 1661, the Crown Jewels signify royal authority to lead, and protect, the nation. The regalia includes some of the most legendary and extraordinary diamonds in the world.

The Coronation SpoonThe Coronation Spoon
The silver-gilt Coronation Spoon is over 800 years old – though it has been refurbished and re-gilded down the years. In 1649, the spoon was sold rather than being destroyed with the rest of the medieval crown jewels. This extraordinary survival is used at the Coronation for holy oil.

The Sovereign's Sceptre The Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross
The enormous 530.2 carat Cullinan I diamond, or Great Star of Africa, was added to the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross (1661) in 1910. It remains the largest colourless cut diamond in the world.

The Imperial State CrownThe Imperial State Crown
The Imperial State Crown (1937) is worn by the Queen at each State Opening of Parliament. One of the youngest crowns in the collection, it holds a number of much older gems. The crown was remade in 1937 after the previous frame weakened under the weight of the gemstones.

The Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1937) is set with 2,800 diamonds including the most famous diamond in the Jewel House, the Koh-i-Nûr (or Mountain of Light).  Since arriving in Britain in 1850, this Indian diamond has been set in various ways including in two previous queen consorts’ crowns.

Click here to read more about the Crown Jewels (you will be taken to the Royal Collection's website)