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Old 09-23-2016, 07:51 PM
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I read ages ago that during World War 2 (probably before the invasion) the Netherlands Crown Jewels were flown from The Hague to the UK for safekeeping. During the years when invasion of Britain by Germany was expected (1940-41) these jewels were tucked away in Wolverhampton Town Hall, of all places! Probably the Royal family's tiaras, necklaces etc were also flown out and deposited in a public building somewhere in Britain.

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Old 09-23-2016, 09:29 PM
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Watching a show here (can't remember exactly which show it was), talking about Fort Knox here in the US, it was mentioned that several countries had their valuables shipped and stored at Fort Knox during WWII. There is a lot more at that place than gold bars.

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Old 09-24-2016, 01:34 AM
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I did hear that the jewels were stored in fort Knox as well; as was the gold of the Dutch bank. I am not sure what they meant with crown jewels: the crowns, orbs and sceptres? The crown jewels are of little monitary value: just a layer of gold and fake stones made of glass.

The royal jewels themselves were taken out of the country by princess Juliana. On May 12th 1940 Juliana, her daughters and prince Bernhard were taken to the harbour of IJmuiden in a blinded & armoured car of the Dutch bank. According to most reports of the event, the princess was carrying a cardbox of jewels. In the harbour of IJmuiden several German planes flew over them but fortunately they did not shoot. In the harbour they took the HMS Corrington, a destroyer of the British navy, which took them to the UK.

I believe that a biography of Queen Juliana will be published this autumn, so perhaps they will have more about it.
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:10 AM
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Not only the jewels but a surprising lot of all these valuables: palace inventories, artworks, gold-, silver- and crystalware, archives, collections, etc. have survived the war. The only palace whic was severely damaged in WWII was Huis ten Bosch, since the palace park was used as a site to launch V1 and V2 missiles and therefore it became a target for allied bombers: see Huis ten Bosch in 1951 and Huis ten Bosch now

So it all by all, the jewels, and the rest, survived remarkably well.
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Beatrix's Prinsjesdag Jewels | The Court Jeweller

A stunning collection. I love the star and sapphire brooches.

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