King Charles III's coronation ceremony could feature £3.5billion worth of jewels

The coronation ceremony for King Charles III is due to take place next year

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King Charles III could have up to £3.5billion worth of jewels featured in his coronation ceremony.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth on September 8, many royal fans have been questioning when King Charles' coronation ceremony will take place. An official date for the King's coronation has not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace but it is expected that the ceremony will take place in the spring or summer of 2023.

And it's now been revealed that up to £3.5billion worth of jewels could feature in the King's coronation ceremony. This would include the £2.5billion diamond studded Imperial State Crown. The Imperial Crown was last seen at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, adorning her coffin alongside the scepter and orb.

Royal jewel expert, Maxwell Stone, revealed, "The Crown Jewels contain some of the most precious and famous jewels in the world - including the Coronation Regalia. Laced with history, it's incredibly difficult to value the Coronation Regalia. I'd estimate it to be worth a staggering £3.5billion."

The crown, scepter, and orb are important objects for the coronation, having been seen at the Queen's televised ceremony back in June 1953.

The Imperial State Crown was first commissioned in 1937 for King George VI and is worn by the monarch as they leave Westminster Abbey after the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Cross Sceptre represents the monarch's temporal power and features the famous Cullinan Diamond, with an estimated worth of £700million.

And the Sovereign's Orb, worth £175,000, is put in the right hand of the new monarch while they are being invested with the symbols of sovereignty and is then placed on the altar before the crowning. It is decorated with nine emeralds, 18 rubies, nine sapphires, 365 diamonds, 375 pearls, one amethyst, and one glass stone.

Royal experts are predicting that King Charles' coronation ceremony could be planned for the same date as Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, on June 2. Royal biographer, Hugo Vickers, spoke about the highly anticipated event on This Morning, speculating "I have a feeling it's more likely to be in the summer, because people will camp out on the streets and you need it to be warm, so it could be sometime after Easter."

He then added, "But wouldn't it be lovely if it was on June 2, which would be the 70th anniversary of the Queen's coronation. Wouldn't that be an appropriate date?"

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