See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
Tower Hill, Greater London
See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.
Part of Royal Collection, the Crown Jewels comprise the finest treasures of the British Monarchy – each piece possessing its own fascinating story.
The original Crown Jewels were destroyed at the Tower of London after the Civil War, then remade for Charles II’s coronation in 1661 – and have had a few narrow escapes since then too.
Look out for the largest colourless cut diamond in the world, the Cullinan I diamond, which was affixed to the 17th century Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross in 1910. Imagine the weight of the solid gold St Edward's Crown, worn by The Queen at her coronation. And admire the famous Koh-i-Nûr diamond, set in the crown of the late Queen Mother.
But the Tower is far from just a display cabinet for the Crown Jewels, and has its own dark history – involving torture, murder and royal execution. Not to be missed!
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