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Old 12-17-2012, 03:30 AM
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I have to disagree with you. In my view, everything that was left to the Crown (jewellery, works of Art, and so on) is now part of the Crown and cannot be considered the private property of the Monarch.
Maybe so; but my point is there does not appear to be any legislation concerning jewellery other than the Coronation Regalia ! :-)
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:34 AM
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Maybe so; but my point is there does not appear to be any legislation concerning jewellery other than the Coronation Regalia ! :-)
That's true. Although that got me thinking, are there actually any legislations (laws) concerning the actual Crown Jewels, or it's just tradition they belong to the state? I only know of one document to the effect - the one the Prior of Westminster produced, maintaining Edward the Confessor had left his regalia in the Abbey's care to be used in the coronation of the future monarchs. And that document was a forgery.


EDIT: Just found how the Crown Regalia ended up in the possession of the state rather then the monarch: in 16054, James I issued a riyal decree declaring that the Crown Regalia (along with a number of other jewels and ornaments) was "indivisible from the Kingdom".
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January 26 was the day the famous Cullinan Diamond was found.
Two of the most important Crown Jewels - The Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross - contain the two largest Cullinan stones:

Cullinan I (set in the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross)
Cullinan II (set in the Imperial State Crown)

History of the Cullinan stone.


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where do all the jewels in the Imperial Crown come from?
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Most of the stones in the present Imperial State Crown came from Queen Victoria's Imperial State Crown. The crown is remodelled for each Monarch and if necessary additional stones would be bought from the Crown Jeweller or supplied by the Monarch. The empty crown frames of George I, George IV and Queen Victoria still exist and are kept in the Tower of London. The larger stones (eg St Edward's Sapphire, the Black Prince's Ruby [spinel], the Stuart Sapphire and Queen Elizabeth I's pearls) have survived over the centuries and just over 100 years ago the Cullinan II diamond, or Lesser Star of Africa (a whopping 317 carats) was added to the front of the crown.
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Oh, the postage-stamp diadem!
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What jewelry did Princess Alexandra of Denmark receive from her parents, Christian and Louise, when she married the Prince of Wales, Prince Albert Edward?
Inside the Crown of St. Edward is a velvet cap called a "Cap of Estate."
Henry VII first started wearing a crown over such a liner, presumably for greater comfort, and later all crowns worn by royalty on State occasions were set on a cap called the Cap of Estate.
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Elizabeth II at the State Opening of Parliament, June 2014

1. HM wearing the Imperial State Crown
. . . . 2. & 3. HM wearing the Diamond Diadem of George IV
. . . . . . 4. The Imperial State Crown

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I saw the Crown Jewels in person, I was salivating and the Culllinan I and II were insanely huge.
Queen Victoria's Small Crown was so dainty


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Two of the four pearls dangling from the Imperial State Crown were once worn by Queen Elizabeth I.
It was interesting to learn that the pattern of oak leaves and acorns on the arches of the Imperial State Crown symbolize the oak tree at Boscobel in which King Charles II hid from Cromwell's troops after his defeat at Worcester.
Until 1962 the Imperial State Crown was conveyed to the Houses of Parliament in a closed carriage.
In 1962 the crown was conveyed in Queen Alexandra's State Coach.
What was the name of the closed carriage that originally conveyed the Imperial State Crown to the Houses of Parliament?
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