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Another reason to hop across the pond this summer

3/29/2012

Royal Crowns, orbs, scepters and so much more to see

If you are traveling to the United Kingdom this summer but are not at all interested in the Olympic Games, there are still plenty of reasons to get excited.

This year marks the Diamond Jubilee, celebrating the queen’s reign of 60 years as monarch.   The 85-year old and her family are touring the globe to mark the anniversary and over four days in June millions of people are expected on the streets of London for a series of events including a concert and 1,000-ship pageant on the River Thames.

With the expected heightened interest in all things royal, Britain’s crown jewels are getting a makeover and will be displayed in a way that is fit for the 21st century.

The display of crowns, orbs, scepters and gowns has been upgraded at the Tower of London, with rooms darkened and jewels lit to accentuate their sparkle, and music and film footage placing them in their historical context.

This is a living collection that is still in use today.  The exhibition opens on March 29 and focuses on the coronation, ordering the jewels and regalia to reflect the ceremony itself and explaining their symbolic importance.

The most spectacular items are sure to be the crowns and the famed Koh-i-Nur diamond.