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King Charles III’s Coronation Jewelry is Stunning, Historic, & Worth a Mind-Blowing Fortune

With King Charles III’s coronation reportedly set for June 3, 2023, at Westminster Abbey, all eyes are now on the details of the big day. One important aspect to Charles’ wardrobe will be his coronation jewelry because it is an opportunity to show off the rare (and expensive) pieces from the royal family’s collection.

It’s been 70 years since there has been an official ceremony, so King Charles is likely to go all-out for the historic event. There is a specific collection that he will be wearing that is estimated to be worth $4.2 billion, according to Crisscut Magazine. He will be decked out to the max in precious gemstones that include, the “St. Edwards Crown, Sovereign’s Ring, Imperial State Crown, Sovereign’s Sceptre with dove, Sovereign’s Sceptre with the cross, Sovereign’s Orb, Gold Ampulla, the Spurs, and the Sword of Offering.”

The ImperIal State Crown, orb and sceptre on the high altar during the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II, at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England
The ImperIal State Crown, orb and sceptre on the high altar during the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images.

“The Crown Jewels contain some of the most precious and famous jewels in the world — including the Coronation Regalia,” a jewelry expert at Steven Stone told Crisscut Magazine. “Comprised of the sacred objects used during the coronation ceremony, we can expect to see the Coronation Regalia in the near future, during King Charle’s III’s coronation ceremony.” The Imperial State Crown, which was commissioned for King George VI’s coronation in 1937, will be worn as Charles exits Westminster Abbey after the coronation ceremony. “The gold, silver and platinum crown is decorated with 2,868 diamonds, 269 pearls, 17 sapphires, and 11 emeralds” and is valued at $2.8 billion.

'The Sovereign's Orb and Queen Mary II's Orb', 1953. The Sovereign's Orb was commissioned for the coronation of Charles II (1661).
The Sovereign’s Orb was commissioned for the coronation of Charles II in 1661.  he Print Collector/Getty Images.

Another more “modest” piece will be the Sovereign’s Orb, valued at over $195,000, which Charles will hold in his right hand during the coronation service. It will then be placed at the altar right before he is crowned. The orb is ornately decorated with “nine emeralds, 18 rubies, nine sapphires, 365 diamonds, 375 pearls, one amethyst and one glass stone.” Needless to say, there is going to be heavy security all around the royal family because this is just a small list of what King Charles III will be wearing that day. The other senior royals, including Queen Consort Camilla, will likely be decked out in their royal finest as well.

Before you go, click here to learn more about the British royal family’s most expensive pieces of jewelry.

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