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Assorted regalia from the Crown Jewels

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Garrard & Co

Queen Elizabeth II's Armills 1952-3

RCIN 31724

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During the coronation service, gold armlets – 'armills' – are placed on the sovereign's wrists.  They are referred to in the ceremony as 'bracelets of sincerity and wisdom' and are thought to relate to ancient symbols of knighthood and military leadership.  New armills were prepared for the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in 1953 as a gift from the Commonwealth, replacing the previous pair which had been used since 1661.

Each armill is lined with red velvet and engraved inside with the words, 'Presented for the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Ceylon and Southern Rhodesia'.  They are made from 22 carat gold and have an invisible hinge with a spring catch, which is operated by a cast Tudor rose on the surface.