The Light Bulb, the Imperial Sceptre, the Royal Orb: Are You Unbeatable on the Crown Jewels Before the Proclamation of King Charles III

The imperial ceremonial crown

The Imperial State Crown was created for the coronation of King George VI in 1937. It was the crown that Elizabeth II wore following her coronation.

The Queen also used it on other occasions, such as when she officially opened Parliament.

Weighing just over a kilo and measuring 31.5 centimeters high, this imposing crown is set with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and 4 rubies.

The dove scepter

Created for the coronation of Charles II in 1661, this golden scepter is surmounted by a dove with outstretched wings perched on a cross to symbolize the Holy Spirit.

It represents the spiritual and pastoral role of the sovereign.

110 centimeters long, it weighs 1,150 grams.

The scepter at the cross

This scepter represents the temporal power of the sovereign. It has been used at every coronation since that of Charles II in 1661.

It weighs 1,170 grams for 92 centimeters long.

In 1911, the impressive 530.2 carat Cullinan I diamond was added. A diamond so large that the scepter had to be reinforced to support its weight.

The royal orb

This globe surmounted by a cross symbolizes the Christian world. It consists of a hollow gold sphere set with emeralds, rubies and sapphires surrounded by diamonds and framed by two rows of pearls.

A cross set with diamonds with a sapphire in the center on one side and an emerald on the other, surmounts the globe.

During the coronation ceremony, the orb is placed in the right hand of the monarch, before being placed on the altar.

The orb is 27.5 centimeters high and weighs 1,320 grams.

The Bulb

This golden object in the shape of an eagle with outstretched wings contains the consecrated oil used during the sovereign’s anointing.

The Archbishop of Canterbury pours oil from the eagle’s head into a spoon, and anoints the monarch’s hands, chest and head in what is the holiest moment of the coronation ceremony.

The figure of the eagle comes from a legend according to which the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Thomas Becket, and gave him a golden eagle and a vial of oil intended for the anointing of future kings of England.


These gold spurs, symbolizing chivalry, have been used since the coronation of Richard the Lionheart in 1189. They are attached to the ankles of sovereigns, and in the case of queens simply placed on the altar.

the ring

This gold ring was made for the coronation of William IV in 1831. It is composed of a sapphire surrounded by diamonds and encrusted with rubies forming a cross. During the coronation ceremony, it is placed on the sovereign’s ring finger by the archbishop, as a sign of “royal dignity”.

Saint Edward’s Crown

Made for the coronation of Charles II, the crown of Saint Edward is the most important and most sacred of all crowns. It is only used at the very moment of the coronation.

This solid gold crown set with semi-precious stones, including rubies, amethysts and sapphires, and fitted with an ermine band is particularly heavy to wear: it weighs more than 2 kilos.

The Light Bulb, the Imperial Sceptre, the Royal Orb: Are You Unbeatable on the Crown Jewels Before the Proclamation of King Charles III