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Assorted regalia from the Crown Jewels

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

Garrard & Co

The Imperial Crown of India 1911

RCIN 31706

Jewel House, Jewel House

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In 1911 King George V announced that an Imperial Durbar would be held in Delhi following his coronation in Westminster Abbey.  On that occasion, he would meet Indian princes and rulers and announce the transfer of the country's capital from Calcutta to Delhi.  As it was not lawful to remove any of the regalia from England, it was decided that a new crown should be created for the occasion.

The Imperial Crown of India was designed by Garrard, the Crown Jewellers.  It has a silver frame, laminated with gold, and is set with 6,100 diamonds.  The band of the crown is set with emeralds and sapphires surrounded by diamonds.   Above the band are four crosses-pattée and four fleurs-de-lis; the crosses set in the centre with rubies, the fleurs-de-lis with emeralds, all with further diamonds.  The crown is surmounted by a further cross-pattée with an emerald in the centre.

Despite the intense heat in Delhi, King George V wore full coronation robes at the ceremony, together with the new crown.  He later wrote in his diary, 'Rather tired after wearing the Crown for 3 1/2 hours, it hurt my head, as it is pretty heavy...'.  On the return to England, the crown was added to the regalia in the Tower of London.