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See the Crown Jewels

Discover their beauty and history in the spectacular exhibition

Discover their beauty and history in the spectacular exhibition

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

This magnificent world-famous collection of 23,578 gemstones is part of the Royal Collection and boasts items that are still used in royal ceremonies today.

Now, discover more stories about the Crown Jewels than ever before in an exhibition exploring their history and significance.

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 monarch for important national ceremonies, such as the State Opening of Parliament. Make sure to look out for the 'in use' signs.



As you approach the Treasury, the rooms where most of the Crown Jewels are kept, explore the origins of these spectacular objects including the destruction of the original jewels under Oliver Cromwell.

The display evokes the spectacle and pageantry of the Coronation procession, before detailing the specific uses of the regalia during the ceremony itself, from the Coronation Spoon to St Edward’s Crown.

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2023



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Please be aware that photography in the Jewel House is not allowed.

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The Crown Jewels

Following their use in the Coronation ceremony of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla on 6 May, the regalia returned to public display in the Treasury of the Jewel House.

Discover these remarkable objects up close on your visit to the Tower of London. The Imperial State Crown, which was worn by His Majesty The King for the procession from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace, features in the official Coronation portraits. Also on display is St Edward’s Crown, which was used at the moment of crowning.

Queen Mary's Crown was made by Garrard for the 1911 Coronation and was modified for Her Majesty Queen Camilla ahead of the 2023 Coronation.

Relive the historic service through official imagery from the 2023 ceremony, which also features in the exhibition.


Discover the history and significance of the Crown Jewels in displays introduced in May 2023, just weeks after the world witnessed the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.


Your experience of the Jewel House will begin with a celebration of the timelessness of monarchy, displaying the State Crown frames worn by past monarchs George I, George IV, and Queen Victoria and explaining how many of the most historic jewels – including the famous ‘Black Prince’s Ruby’ - have passed from crown to crown.


Learn more about the origins of the current Crown Jewels, starting with the destruction of the medieval Coronation Regalia in 1649, during the English Civil War. 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.

The Coronation Regalia we see today was recreated for the Coronation of King Charles II: only the Coronation Spoon survives as a relic of the earlier medieval collection.

A Commonwealth coin from the era on loan from the British Museum is now on display, demonstrating how the melted gold once worn by medieval monarchs was re-used in the inter-regnum.

Garrard logo: what background with 'Garrard' in black capital letters, with 'London 1735' in a smaller print beneath it.

The re-presentation of the Jewel House at HM Tower of London was made possible through a partnership between Historic Royal Palaces and Garrard.

The New Jewel House exhibition, showing a general view of Room 2 - Koh-i-Noor (c). Featuring a wall map.

Image: A display exploring the history of the Koh-i-Noor in the Jewel House exhibition. © Historic Royal Palaces

The History of the Koh-i-Noor and the Cullinan Diamond

Explore the history of the Koh-i-Noor, which is set within the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, including the stone’s story as a symbol of conquest, with many previous owners, including Mughal Emperors, Shahs of Iran, Emirs of Afghanistan, and Sikh Maharajas.

See the hammer and knife used to make the first cuts to the famous Cullinan diamond, on display in the Jewel House for the first time. Discovered in South Africa in 1905, the diamond is the largest gem-quality uncut diamond ever found at 3106 carats. It was split into nine major stones and 96 smaller brilliants, with the largest two stones featuring in the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross and the Imperial State Crown.

The Coronation Procession

At the heart of the display will be a room dedicated to the spectacle, pageantry and community of the Coronation Procession. The display will present Coronation Processions throughout history, celebrating the contributions of the many people who take part in these unique events.

On display will be a series of objects from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, including an exquisite court suit worn at the Coronation of George IV and a herald’s tabard which would have been worn during royal processions.


The Prince of Wales Investiture Coronet of His Majesty the King was added to the Jewel House in February 2020. The coronet, part of the Royal Collection, joined the coronets of two other Princes of Wales.

For his investiture as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle on 1 July 1969, His Majesty The King wore the contemporary coronet designed by architect and goldsmith Louis Osman. The coronet is made of gold and platinum and set with diamonds and emeralds with a purple velvet and ermine cap of estate.

Alongside the coronet, the rod used in the 1969 investiture, previously made for the 1911 investiture, is also on display.

Image of St Edward's Crown.

Explore the Crown Jewels Up Close

The Crown Jewels, part of the Royal Collection, hold deep religious and cultural significance in our nation’s history. They are on public display in the Jewel House of the Tower of London.

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