What Might Surprise You About The Crown Jewels of England

The Queen’s crown jewels are carefully locked away in the Tower of London when they're not being wheeled out for state ceremonies. The Crown Jewels include the 1611 St Edward’s Crown used in coronations, as well as robes and other items of ceremonial regalia. The St. Edward’s Crown is only used briefly during the coronation of a new monarch. It was placed on the head of Queen Elizabeth II at her Westminster Abbey coronation on June 2, 1953. When the crown is not being used at coronations, it's on display at the Tower of London alongside other pieces from the collection which pull in 30 million visitors every year. The historical nature of the Crown Jewels means that a price can't be put on the collection, but a finance website recently speculated that the entire Crown Jewels collection is worth more than $3.5 billion. It turns out that the world’s most famous collections of precious stones is totally uninsured. That’s because the crown jewels are considered uninsurable because of their immense value. That’s why heightened security is obviously required. The crown jewels are protected by bombproof glass and watched by more than 100 hidden CCTV cameras.