Jakarta, IO – St. Edward’s Crown, the crown used at the moment of coronation of the British monarch for more than 350 years, has been moved from the Tower of London to an undisclosed location for security reasons. The crown will be modified in preparation for the coronation of King Charles III next year.
“St. Edward’s Crown, the historic centerpiece of the Crown Jewels, has been removed from the Tower of London to allow for modification work to begin ahead of the coronation on Saturday, May 6, 2023. As per tradition, the King will be crowned with St. Edward’s Crown during the coronation service at Westminster Abbey,” the British Royal announced.
Buckingham Palace is planning a coronation code-named Operation Golden Orb. London’s Westminster Abbey is the same venue where the coronation of his late mother Queen Elizabeth II took place in 1953.
St. Edward’s Crown has been used since the coronation of King Charles II in 1661. The crown is made of a solid gold frame weighing 2.23 kilograms, encrusted with rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnets, topaz and tourmaline. The crown is topped by a purple velvet cap and ermine ribbon. (bp)