The Tower of London is set to transform its Jewel House, home of the Crown Jewels, with a new display.
The new display is the first major change to the Jewel House at the Tower of London for over a decade, and is said to explore more stories about the history of the Monarchy’s collection.
Set to open in May, it will closely follow the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.
A new exhibition is planned which will lead toward the Treasury where most of the Crown Jewels are kept. The Tower of London said the exhibition will explore the origins of some of the objects for the first time, including the destruction of the original jewels under Oliver Cromwell.
The re-presentation has been a four-year project for Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London, and will include the State Crown frames worn by past monarchs George I, George IV, and Queen Victoria.
A Commonwealth coin from the era on loan from the British Museum will go on display, as will objects from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, including a court suit worn at the Coronation of George IV and a herald’s tabard which would have been worn during royal processions.
St Edward’s Crown of 1661, which is used at the moment of crowning, will also be on display.
Andrew Jackson, Resident Governor of the Tower of London and Keeper of the Jewel House, said: “ As the home of the Crown Jewels, we are delighted that the Tower of London will continue to play its part during this historic Coronation year. We look forward to expanding the stories we are telling about the Crown Jewels, and to showcasing this remarkable collection for millions of visitors from around the world to enjoy.”
Charles Farris, Public Historian for the History of the Monarchy at Historic Royal Palaces, added: “From their fascinating origins to their use during the Coronation ceremony, the new Jewel House transformation will present the rich history of this magnificent collection with more depth and detail than ever before.”