09 May 2012

The Imperial State Crown

The Imperial State Crown is the Queen’s most used crown, though it is not the one she was actually crowned with (that honor goes to St. Edward’s Crown). This crown is used for each State Opening of Parliament, and was used after the actual crowning at the coronation.
The Imperial State Crown
The crown has gone through several renovations over the centuries, but the design it takes today largely mirrors that of the crown made for Queen Victoria in 1838. Today’s version of the crown was made in 1937 for the coronation of the Queen’s father, George VI, and was altered prior to her own coronation in 1953.
It is set with more than 3,000 precious gems, including diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and pearls. Among the many smaller gems are a few larger stones with notable histories of their own. In the above video, the Queen walks you through the stones, while the Royal Collection’s site features the full history of the crown.

The Imperial State Crown is part of the official collection of Crown Jewels and is on public display at the Tower of London – a must-see exhibit for all jewel addicts.

18 May 2016: State Opening of Parliament
27 May 2015: State Opening of Parliament 
4 June 2014: State Opening of Parliament 
8 May 2013: State Opening of Parliament
9 May 2012: State Opening of Parliament
1953-Current: State Opening of Parliament
1953: The Coronation