The Jewel House in the Tower of London is set to transform with a new display about the history and significance of the Crown Jewels.
The new display will be the first major change in ten years and will explore the origins of some of the items for the very first time. This will include the destruction of the original crown jewels under Oliver Cromwell.
The presentation will begin with a celebration of the timelessness of the monarchy, and visitors will see the State Crown frames worn by Kings George I and George IV and Queen Victoria and learn about how some jewels passed from crown to crown.
It will then explore the current Crown Jewels and the regalia we see today were created for the coronation of King Charles II. Unfortunately, only the coronation spoon has survived from earlier days. The famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is set within the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, will also be featured as a “symbol of conquest.”
The new display will open shortly after the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
Andrew Jackson, Resident Governor of the Tower of London and Keeper of the Jewel House, said, “We are delighted to unveil our brand-new Jewel House display from 26 May, offering visitors a richer understanding of this magnificent collection. As the home of the Crown Jewels, we are delighted that the Tower of London will continue to play its part during this historic Coronation year. We look forward to expanding the stories we are telling about the Crown Jewels and to showcasing this remarkable collection for millions of visitors from around the world to enjoy.”
Charles Farris, Public Historian for the History of the Monarchy at Historic Royal Palaces, said, “The Crown Jewels are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy and hold deep religious, historic, and cultural significance. From their fascinating origins to their use during the Coronation ceremony, the new Jewel House transformation will present the rich history of this magnificent collection with more depth and detail than ever before. With 2023 bringing the first Coronation in 70 years, there has never been a better time for people to come and learn about the jewels and to appreciate these awe-inspiring objects in person.”
The new Jewel House exhibition opens to visitors on 26 May 2023 and is included in general admission.
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