A Royal Day Out: See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

The 2023 Coronation Service of King Charles III and Queen Camilla is right around the corner. Therefore, the Crown Jewels will be making their traditional appearance to mark the occasion. But what exactly are the Crown Jewels? And where can you see them for yourself while staying as a guest of Central Park London? This guide to visiting the Crown Jewels will reveal all. 

What are the Crown Jewels?

In fact, the name “Crown Jewels” refer to a collection of ceremonial items donned by the new monarch at coronation services. This Coronation Regalia is inclusive of state swords, sceptres, orbs, trumpets, maces, a church plate, and a banqueting plate. Far more than just one crown!

Furthermore, there are several crowns within the Crown Jewels. For the forthcoming coronation, King Charles will wear the mediaeval-style St Edward’s Crown, as did his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

This item will be placed on the king’s head as he is sworn in. The crown is encrusted with such precious gemstones as amethysts, garnets, peridots, rubies, sapphires, topazes, and tourmalines. As it’s incredibly heavy, the crown was briefly replaced in favour of lighter alternatives until King George V revived the tradition.

The Crown Jewels also contain the Imperial State Crown, a lighter piece that is more typically worn at state and regal events. Additionally, the collection represents consort crown and Prince of Wales coronets. 

How to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

The Crown Jewels have been housed at the Tower of London since the 1660s. Visiting the Tower of London is one of the best things to do while staying at hotels in Central London

The complex consists of a mediaeval palace residence, a prison, and a defensive military fortress. It’s open to the public year-round and is the perfect afternoon out whether you’re travelling solo, with a spouse, or with the whole family. 

All tickets are inclusive of viewing the Crown Jewels. The Coronation Regalia is displayed in a glass cabinet at the Jewel House, watched over by armed guards. 

When to visit the Coronation Regalia

The Crown Jewels are generally on display all year. However, they are removed from time to time for ceremonies, cleaning, and maintenance. The Historic Royal Palaces website details when this is the case in case you want to plan your visit accordingly. However, the reception team at your chosen Central Park London property can look up this information for you. At present, the Crown Jewels are off the premises as they’re being prepared for the Coronation Service on 6 May 2023.

Crown Jewels exhibition in Coronation Year 

From 26 May 2023, the Jewel House at the Tower of London will unveil a new exhibition devoted to the Crown Jewels. This new display will be the first major change to the Jewel House in over a decade. It will delve into unknown stories about the history and significance of the Coronation Regalia. 

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