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The Imperial State tiara is one of the most famous tiaras worn by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain during her seven decades on the throne.
Her Majesty’s heir, King Charles III, is now the Sovereign King of the United Kingdom and owner of this royal treasure. The King, along with other members of the royal family, accompanied the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she will remain in the state until her funeral next week.
Her coffin is currently located on a raised platform draped in a royal standard with the Imperial State Crown resting on top of it. The Queen was 96 years old when she died in Scotland at her beloved Balmoral Castle.
The tiara was worn during the Queen’s coronation in 1953, after the death of her father, King George VI, and at the opening of Parliament, and is part of the UK’s Crown Jewels, a set of tiaras worn by the King. It symbolizes over 800 years of British royal family rule.
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The tiara was originally made for Queen Victoria during her coronation in 1838, and the tiara was remade again in 1937 for King Edward II to resemble the St. Edward’s Crown. A few months after his mother’s funeral, King Charles will be officially declared king and wear the St Edward’s Crown at the coronation at Westminster Abbey.
However, the Imperial Empire’s crown would still be one of the most valuable gems in the royal collection. The crown contains the fourth largest polished diamond in the world and is embellished with a rough cut diamond.
In the forehead of the crown is a stone with a weight of 317.4 carats of the Cullinan diamond, which was found in Africa at the beginning of the 20th century. Four rubies, 17 sapphires, 269 pearls and thousands of smaller diamonds also make up the stunning beauty of the crown.
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More specifically, the Ruby of the Black Prince and Stuart Sapphire are some of the most famous gems from the entire royal collection in this tiara.
Although not used by the King, the Crown is closely guarded in the Tower of London in the Crown Jewel Collection. The public can view the Imperial State Crown at the House of Jewels located inside the tower.
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Only three people on earth have the legal right to touch the Crown, the King, the Archbishop of Canterbury during the King’s coronation, and the jeweler who oversees its maintenance.