City Travel Tip #1179

The Crown Jewels in Tower of London – My experience


Most tourists flock to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, an impressive collection of over 140 items containing over 23,000 precious gems.

The most famous crown jewels of which are the Cullinan and Cullinan II diamonds, cut from a huge 3,106 carat Cullinan diamond.

When viewing the collection, the first question everyone asks is, “Are the crown jewels real?” Well, the answer is yes. What you see at the Tower of London is the REAL jewelry collection of the royal family, including coronation insignia.

The Tower of London has housed the crown jewels as well as clothing and other precious objects for over 600 years. However, for obvious security reasons, photography is not permitted while visiting the crown jewels.

Although the crown jewels are the ones currently used, what you see are not the 11th-century originals. With the execution of King Charles I in 1649, the decision came to destroy the crown jewels. MPs insisted on removing all symbols of the monarchy after the civil wars.

Today’s Royal Coronation Regalia was first used to crown King Charles II in 1661 and will be used to crown England’s next king/queen when Queen Elizabeth abdicates.

The Sovereign’s scepter and shaft showcase the most consistent, high-quality cut white diamond in the world, weighing 530.2 carats.

As I walked through the gallery of exquisite royal jewels, I couldn’t help but think that some of the crowns must weigh a significant amount. For example, the Imperial State Crown contains 2868 diamonds, 17 emeralds, 269 pearls, four rubies, and a huge amount of gold.

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