One"s gold salt cellar… the Queen"s treasures revealed in sparkling new book


One”s gold salt cellar… the Queen”s treasures revealed in sparkling new book

11:59 PM on 18th October 2011

Salt of State: Following the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, many of Cromwell

Salt of State: Following the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, many of Cromwell”s former supporters were very keen to ingratiate themselves with the new regime. Hence the stunning Salt of State, or Exeter Salt as it is known, was presented to Charles II

Imperial State Crown: Worn by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament, it is set with the Second Star of Africa, a 317-carat dazzler which was one of nine off-cuts from the Cullinan Diamond - the largest ever found - presented to Edward VII in 1907

Imperial State Crown: Worn by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament, it is set with the Second Star of Africa, a 317-carat dazzler which was one of nine off-cuts from the Cullinan Diamond – the largest ever found – presented to Edward VII in 1907

The Sword Offering: Few British monarchs have been as extravagant as George IV who, for his 1821 coronation, commissioned a new crown covered in 12,000 hired diamonds. Parliament refused to grant him funds to buy the jewels. But, this sword remains

The Sword Offering: Few British monarchs have been as extravagant as George IV who, for his 1821 coronation, commissioned a new crown covered in 12,000 hired diamonds. Parliament refused to grant him funds to buy the jewels. But, this sword remains

Sovereign Sovereign

The Sovereign”s Sceptre with Cross (left) was made in 1661 to replace one of the two sceptres destroyed during the Civil War, and was later set with the mightiest stone from the Cullinan Diamond – the 530-carat Great Star of Africa. The Sovereign”s Orb (right) has been used for every coronation since 1661, and retains its original gems, including most of the 365 rose-cut diamonds. It is made of two hollow gold hemispheres