The Crown Jewels

Many countries have crown jewels, that is, valuable gems, swords, pearls, orbs, crowns, and jewelry belonging to their monarchy.  Iran is believed to have the world’s largest collection after many centuries of Persian royalty.  Russia is thought to have the most elaborate crowns ever crafted.  However, when it comes to famous jewels, I think most people think of “the crown jewels,” that being those in the Tower of London.

When I was watching the Olympics recently there was a segment on NBC about the Tower.  The oldest security tradition in the world is the evening daily regime of the Yeoman at the Tower of London taking the “keys” to lock up the doors and gates of the famous castle.  Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress is almost 1000 years old, and has housed the monarch’s jewelry since the early 14th century. 

The Tower has so much history attached to the historic castle, as well as the jewels to make for a compelling story.  William the Conqueror initiated construction in the 11th century.  Famous kings such as Richard the Lionheart expanded the building.  Over two million people visit the site annually.  The Tower is an absolute treasure to the British people.  I think it is a treasure to all of mankind. 








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