New look for the Crown Jewels for the Queen’s Jubilee

Imperial Crown of India George V, as Emperor of India, decided that he and Queen Mary should be crowned in Britain and India. As the Crown Jewels are not permitted to leave the British Isles, the Imperial Crown of India, was made especially for him to wear at the Delhi Durbar, or ‘Court of Delhi’ in December 1911. The crown is set with 6,002 diamonds and coloured gems of Indian origin: sapphires, rubies and emeralds (the latter actually Columbian, but believed to be Indian at the time). Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - The Royal Collection

If like me you visited the Tower of London as a child and have not been back since, now is a good time to visit. The presentation of the Crown Jewels has been totally updated to be more visitor friendly, and to improve the whole experience. The jewels are presented in the order that they would be seen at a coronation. There is also a moving platform making it impossible to stay too long looking at any one particular piece although there is also a viewing platform. Disabled access has also been improved. Join a tour, included in the entry price, given by one of the wardens, dressed in their distinctive red and black uniform, to discover antedotes not necessarily found in guide books. If you want to make the most of your visit its worth devoting a day. Expect queues especially in the school holidays.

Read a detailed description of the relaunch of the Crown Jewels in the April edition of Discover Britain or click on:


About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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