See the Crown Jewels

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking collection.

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking collection.

When

  • Open daily
Allow one hour

Ticketing info

Included in palace admission (members go free)

This magnificent world-famous collection of 23,578 gemstones boasts items that 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 2017

The Crown Jewels at the Tower

The Crown Jewels have been stored and displayed at the Tower of London since 1661, continuing a long tradition of storing precious objects here.

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