The 2nd of June 2015 marked the 62nd anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953. The British Royal family can hardly be topped for the splendour and pageantry of their official ceremonies, and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is remembered as a ground-breaking event for its open invitation to the eyes of the international media. Even a young Jackie Kennedy (Jacqueline Bouvier) was in London at the time, reporting for the Washington Times-Herald.
Most who saw the ceremony were mesmerised by The Queen’s Coronation jewels. Two crowns, a diadem, a golden orb, a sceptre, multiple diamond necklaces, pearl earrings – the works! Each item had its place in the ceremony and each piece appeared to be more beautiful than the last. Here is a roundup of some of the Queen’s Coronation jewels we remember and admire the most. The coronation service was the first of its kind to be broadcast live on television – to almost 27 million people in Britain alone, and the population of Britain at the time was about 36 million people! Prior to this, the people of Britain, and indeed, the world, were only able to catch glimpses of the event on the street as the procession passed through London, or in recent times, through newspaper photographs in the days following. Seeing the proceedings, live and in colour, gave the nation the unprecedented opportunity to be a part of the event and to support their new queen. The streets were lined with British flags and block parties were held across the nation for people to share their excitement and enthusiasm for the remarkable day.
The George IV State Diadem was worn en route to the Coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Comprised of 1333 diamonds and 169 pearls, the Diadem incorporates many national symbols such as the shamrock, rose and thistle. It is this jewelled headband that Her Majesty is shown to be wearing on national postage stamps.
During the ceremony itself, the St. Edward’s Crown was placed on The Queen’s head. Made out of solid gold in 1661, it weighs just over 2 kilograms. After this crown, the Orb is the most important item of ceremonial jewellery. The hollow sphere is made of gold, and it is circled with a ring of rubies, emeralds, diamonds, pearls and sapphires with a large amethyst on top.
Next, we have the Coronation ring, also known as ‘The Wedding Ring of England’. The ring dates back to 1831 when it was made for the Coronation of King William IV. It is worn on the fourth finger of the right hand and effectively marries (or binds) the monarch to their position, their nation and their subjects. The ring features a large sapphire, topped with a cross made of rubies and circled by a ring of diamonds.
Finally, on her return to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II wore the Imperial State Crown for her public viewing. The Imperial State Crown incorporates many precious gems in its design, including 17 sapphires, 5 rubies, 11 emeralds, 273 pearls and 2868 diamonds. Four of the pearls are believed to have once been worn as earrings by Queen Elizabeth I.
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