The story of the Queen’s crown is more gripping than any Netflix drama

The Crown. Something we all know about: regal institution; glittery gem-encrusted headpiece; Netflix drama. But the funny thing is we don’t really. The object we recognise (evoked in the opening credits of the series) is the Imperial State Crown – all brilliant-cut diamonds and stonking sapphires – which the Queen wears for the State Opening of Parliament. But this is just a stand-in. The crown with which she was invested by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1953 is another object altogether and one most people would struggle to sketch.

Even the Queen herself, reunited with the crown in a new BBC documentary to be shown this month, eyes it unfamiliarly, unsure – like the Archbishop at her father’s coronation – which way round it goes. The Coronation Crown, or St Edward’s Crown, as it is properly called, is used only for the act of coronation. So for the past 65 years it has gone unworn, locked up safely in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.
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