A new exhibition at the Tower of London will highlight the history and Christian significance of the Crown Jewels. The exhibition will begin in May, weeks after the Coronation of King Charles III and the Queen Consort. The display of the precious collection will take place at the Tower of London’s Jewel House, where it is protected by armed guards. The exhibition will delve into the origins of many of the items for the first time ever. The display, directed towards the Treasury which contains some of the most significant royal emblems, also intends to create the elaborate ceremony and spectacle of the procession and services associated with the coronation.
Premier Christian News reports:
The Tower of London is to delve into the Christian symbolism and history of the Crown Jewels with a new exhibition in the Coronation year.
The display in the Jewel House, where the priceless collection is kept under armed guard, will explore the origins of some of the precious objects for the first time.
It will open in May, just weeks after the world has witnessed the Coronation of the King and the Queen Consort in Westminster Abbey.
“The Crown Jewels are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy and hold deep religious, historic, and cultural significance”, commented Charles Farris, Public Historian for the History of the Monarchy at Historic Royal Palaces.
“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.”
The new display will be the first major change to the Jewel House at the Tower of London for over a decade.
The display, leading towards the Treasury where most of the royal regalia is kept, also aims to evoke the spectacle and pageantry of the coronation procession and service.
It will begin with the state crown frames worn by past monarchs George I, George IV and Queen Victoria in a celebration of the “timelessness” of the monarchy.
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