Today Royal Mail has issued a set of eight new commemorative stamps featuring the Crown Jewels.
This year marks the 350th anniversary of the making of many of the items featured on the stamps, which were created for the coronation of King Charles II in 1661, following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
Among these were the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross and St Edward’s Crown (both 1st Class), Rod and Sceptre with Doves (68p) and the Sovereign’s Orb (76p).
The 12th century Coronation Spoon (£1.10) was the only piece of medieval state regalia to escape destruction under the orders of Oliver Cromwell. Other Crown Jewels featured are the Queen Mary’s Crown (68p), Jewelled Sword of Offering (76p) and the Imperial State Crown (£1.10).
Over the years the Crown Jewels have been added to and remodelled for various members of the royal family and royal occasions, but they still remain, as they have done since the initial collection was established in 1303, in the Tower of London.
Crowns, tiaras and regalia have been a feature of many previous commemorative and definitive stamps, notably the stamps issued in 1978 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. On these stamps the St Edward’s Crown, the Sovereign’s Orb and the Imperial State Crown appeared, although not in dazzling full colour as on the new stamps.
First day of issue handstamps are available showing the Sovereign’s Orb and the Coronation Ring. The Coronation Ring was made for the coronation of William IV in 1831; it features five rubies set on a large sapphire in the form of a cross. You can see a photograph of it on the Royal Exhibitions website.
The stamps, first day covers and other products are available from the Royal Mail website.