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Assorted regalia from the Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels are the most complete collection of royal regalia in the world

Regalia for Queens, Consorts & Emperors

Since the Restoration, important additions to the Crown Jewels have been made at defining moments in British history, up to and including the coronation of the present Queen. 

The accession of James II in 1685 posed a new challenge for the Jewel House since his wife, Mary of Modena, needed to be crowned with him.  Charles II had been unmarried at the time of his coronation, so no regalia had yet been prepared for a consort.  A diadem, state crown and two sceptres were subsequently produced for the queen's coronation, in a ceremony taking place shortly after the king had been enthroned.

In 1689, the coronation of the only joint sovereigns, William III and Mary II, saw the commission of an additional orb and sceptre.  The Imperial Crown of India was meanwhile created for George V's inauguration as Emperor of India in 1911.  Most recently, a pair of new armills was prepared for the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in 1953, as a symbolic gift from the Commonwealth.

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Sir Robert Viner, 1st Baronet (1631-88)

Mary of Modena's Diadem

Robert Viner the Younger (active 1689)

Queen Mary II's Orb