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Long live the King!

The third King who will be crowned King of England and all her realms, after his grandfather and father, was born today.

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And when the time comes, what a crown will sit atop his head. The St. Edwards Crown is one of the senior crown jewels in the UK. It resides in the in the Tower of London, under lock and key, between coronations.

The St. Edwards Crown was used first by English, then by British monarchs, including Elizabeth II, at their coronations.  Although there were some exceptions: most notably Queen Victoria and her son Edward VII. The reason? The crown is too heavy.  It weighs 4 lb 12 oz or 2.2kg.

Constructed of solid gold, the crown’s design includes a base, with four crosses alternating with four Fleur-de-lis and arches above and surmounted by a cross. There are 444 precious stones. Formerly, the stones were hired for each coronation and then detached, leaving only the frame. However, in 1911 the jewels were set permanently. The crown was made slightly smaller to fit the head of George V, the first monarch to be crowned (without a wig we presume) with the St. Edward’s Crown in over 200 years. The crown was, however, carried in procession at other coronations at which it was not actually worn.

Since the coronation of George V, the St. Edwards Crown made it to the coronations of George VI in 1937 and of Queen Elizabeth II in1953.

Most recently, last June, the crown rested on the altar in Westminster Abbey for the 60th anniversary service of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the first time it had left the Tower of London since 1953.

We are brewing a pot of tea and will take tea to celebrate the new heir and wish his parents well. In addition we have prepared a very English afternoon tea to welcome the royal baby.

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