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Re: Imperial State Crown (and provenance of the jewels)
From what I understand the Transvaal Colony government bought the Cullinan and Prime Minister Louis Botha presented it to Edward VII. Cullinan II seems to have been purchased legally. I don't know the source of the other diamonds in the crown.
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond in the Queen Mother's crown is more suspect.
In addition to fitting it for the new King, I suspect the coronation will intensify calls already being heard that jewels in the crown which may have been acquired through empire from India or Southern Africa, be repatriated.
I mentioned this in my speculating about the Coronation thread. I wonder when the crown gets modified for King Charles III will they raise the arches back up again? According to what I've read they were lowered the arches for Queen Elizabeth II to give the crown a more feminine look, so I wonder if they'll raise the arches up again or after 70 years are we more accustomed to how they are now?
I would think that work might begin before long on adapting rhe Imperial State Crown for King Charles III to wear.
Link to the Royal Collection
According to The Crown Jewels 1998, the history is recorded on a plaque mounted over the back of the Black Prince's Ruby -
Rundell Bridge & Co, Jewellers to Queen Victoria, 28th June 1838
Partly remade by Garrard & Co, 1902 and 1932
Entirely remounted for Coronation of King George VI, 12th May 1937, by Garrard & Co
Remodelled and partly remounted for Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd 2nd June 1953
My reference "The Crown Jewels 1998"
Claude Blair (ed) (1998) The Crown Jewels, The History of the Coronation Regalia in the Jewel House of the Tower of London,
London: The Stationery Office Limited. In two volumes. General editor: Claude Blair, with 8 authors providing various sections.
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