This breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones are still used in royal ceremonies today.
Powerful symbols of the Monarchy
The Crown Jewels, part of the Royal Collection, are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy and hold deep religious and cultural significance in our nation’s history. The mystique and beauty of the diamonds and precious jewels in the royal regalia have always held an unparalleled allure to visitors from across the globe.
Under guard and still in use
You'll find the Crown Jewels under armed guard in the Jewel House at the Tower of London. These gems are a unique working collection of royal regalia and are still regularly used by The Queen for important national ceremonies, such as the State Opening of Parliament. Make sure to look out for the ‘in use’ signs.
The Coronation ceremony
Since 1066, coronation ceremonies have taken place in Westminster Abbey, the great church founded by Edward the Confessor. The displays examine how the royal regalia are used during the ceremony and explore the symbolism of each object. The Crown Jewels were destroyed at the Tower after the Civil War and remade for Charles II’s coronation in 1661. They signify the royal authority to lead and protect the nation.
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017Explore story of The Crown Jewels
Defend the Tower is a costumed, live historical re-enactment. You must help our heroic guards defend the mighty castle against its most dangerous enemies.
Open daily until 20 October
You’ll find interactive videos, building plans and a specialist collection of books in the People’s Library within the glorious Kew Palace.