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Only one attempt has been made to steal the Crown Jewels from the
Tower of London by Irishman Thomas Blood
The five sceptres in the British
The Royal Sceptre with the Cross is a symbol of kingly power and justice, and is held in the Monarch 's right hand
At the top of the sceptre is the Orb cut out of a large amethyst, richly
encrusted with diamonds and rubies surmounted by a diamond studded cross with an
emerald as its centre. The Orb and cross both stand on the second largest cut diamond in the
world - the Great Star of Africa.
The Queen 's Sceptre with the Cross is held in the Queen 's right hand
when the Queen is a consort and not a monarch. about two feet in length and at the top has a fleur-de-lis, diamond-set holding a gold orb with diamond-set firdle and arch surmounted in turn by a diamond-set cross.
Queen 's Ivory Rod Queen 's Consort 's left hand, ivory joined together with bands of
gold about three and a half feel in length. At the top is a golden orb, richly enameled surmounted by a cross on which rests a dove with closed wings.
The King 's Sceptre with the Dove is held in the left hand of the Sovereign and is a symbol of equity and mercy.
A white enamel dove with outstretched wings stands on a golden cross, the gold staff of the Scepter is richly
enamelled and jewelled, the golden orb is surrounded by a diamond studded girdle.
A second Scepter with Dove was made for the Queen at the coronation of William and Mary
The five Swords of State in the Crown Regalia.
The Swords of State include the Jewelled State
Sword sheathed in a scabbard set with gems - at the base is a turquoise set with diamonds, the hilt is richly
jewelled and has a stunning fine diamond set at the top. The diamonds, rubies and emeralds
depict the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland and the Shamrock of Ireland.
the Coronation Ring, sometimes known as the
Wedding Ring of England, This ring is made for each sovereign and becomes his or her private property on the coronation. Those of Queen Victoria and King George V may be seen in the collection of the Crown Jewels at
the Tower of London. Both rings consist of a sapphire set around with diamonds and
aSt. George 'sCross in rubies superimposed.