10 Facts You Didn't Know About The British Crown Jewels

It is made of solid gold and was made especially for the coronation of King Charles II in 1661.

St. Edward’s Crown


It was worn by Queen Elizabeth II as she left Westminster Abbey after her coronation.

Imperial State Crown


Since the 14th century, the queens consort have worn diadems or circlets at the coronations of their husbands.


Consort Crowns

It holds the holy oil with which God anoints the king or queen at the coronation.

Ampulla & Coronation Spoon


Since 1831, when William IV became coronation, the sovereign's ring has been used. The ring has sapphires, rubies, and 14 diamonds.



The Orb is a hollow gold ball made for Charles II's coronation. It contains 375 pearls, 365 diamonds, 18 rubies, 9 emeralds, 9 sapphires, 1 amethyst, & 1 piece of glass.

The Sovereign’s Orb


King George V added the Cullinan I diamond (530.2 carats) to the Sovereign's Scepter with Cross in 1910.

Scepter And Rod


The jewels were put in a biscuit tin and hidden in a secret vault in the castle's basement.

Hidden Jewels


The crown jewels may be the focus of the most important ceremonies in the UK, but they have also been involved in some farcical situations.

Tarnished Gold


The queen was amazed by the beautiful jewels and said that they were not exactly comfortable to wear.

Uneasy Lies The Head