The Sceptre with the Cross
(also known as the Royal Sceptre) was made in 1661 and redesigned in 1905 to accommodate the Great Star of Africa, at a huge 530 carats the largest of the diamonds cleaved from the Cullinan. This sceptre symbolises the temporal authority of the monarch. It is about 3 feet long and is made of gold surmounted by the Cullinan I diamond, a large amethyst, and a cross set with diamonds and an emerald. This sceptre is held in the monarch's right hand during the coronation.
The King's Royal Sceptre - The British Monarchy
The Sceptre with the Dove
was also made in 1661 for the coronation of Charles II. It symbolises the spiritual authority of the monarch. This sceptre is nearly 4 feet long; it is made of gold and is surmounted by an enamelled dove. This sceptre is held in the monarch's left hand during the coronation.
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The Sovereign's Orb
, also made in 1661, is a hollow gold ball measuring about six inches across; it is surmounted by a jewelled cross resting on top of a faceted amethyst; the cross represents the sovereign's role as Defender of the Faith. During part of the coronation ceremony, the orb is carried in the monarch's left hand.
The King's Orb - The British Monarchy
is a hollow gold vessel in the shape of an eagle and contains the holy oil used during the anointing. The eagle's head dates from the 14th century and the body was made for the 1661 coronation. It is used along with the Anointing Spoon
, a 12th-century item that is the only part of the medieval regalia to survive the interregnum.
The Ampulla - The British Monarchy
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During the coronation ceremony, five ceremonial swords
are used although only one, the Jewelled Sword of Offering, is presented to the monarch. This sword dates to the coronation of George IV in 1820 and is decorated with diamonds, emeralds and rubies arranged in the shapes of the flowers of the United Kingdom: the rose, the thistle, and the shamrock. The other swords are the Sword of State, which is also carried during the State Opening of Parliament, the Sword of Temporal Justice, the Sword of Spiritual Justice, and the Sword of Mercy, also known as Curtana, which has a blunted point symbolising mercy.
Ceremonial Swords - The British Monarchy
are a pair of velvet-lined heavy gold bracelets which symbolise sincerity and wisdom. The armills used in the coronation of Elizabeth II were new, presented by the Governments of the Commonwealth. The spurs are also made of gold; they are presented to the sovereign during the coronation ceremony and then placed on the altar.
Ceremonial Bracelets - The British Monarchy
The Coronation Ring
was made for William IV's coronation in 1831; it is a sapphire ring with a ruby cross. It has been used at the coronations of all subsequent male monarchs; a smaller version was made for Queen Victoria's coronation. There is also a ruby Consort's ring which is used during the coronation of the consort.
The Coronation Ring of William IV - The British Monarchy
Crown Jewels / Kronjuwelen
More information about the Coronation Regalia may be found here:
The Monarchy Today > Ceremony and symbol > Symbols > The Crown Jewels
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