Here’s What Happens to Queen Elizabeth II’s Jewels After Her Death

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King Charles III is inheriting more than just Queen Elizabeth II‘s crown.

Following the death of Her Majesty on Sept. 8, the King is now in charge of the Crown Jewels, which have been handed down from British monarchs since the 17th century. The Queen also left a large personal collection of jewelry that members of the royal family including her, include Kate MiddletonYou may have borrowed it at times.

Charles now has access to the vast collection of objects that make up the Crown Jewels, which the Historic Royal Palaces website notes is comprised of more than 100 objects and contains more than 23,000 gemstones. These jewels, which include the Sovereign’s Cross-sceptre and the Sovereign’s Orb, are reserved only for State Occasions. These two items were displayed, together with the Imperial State Crown on Her Majesty’s coffin, during her funeral.

The Queen’s private jewelry collection is not included in the above. Jewellery Editor, the late monarch leaves behind more than 400 pieces ​which are stored in a secure vault 40 feet below Buckingham Palace. Such items included in the collection are the Diamond Diadem crown, made for King George IV 1820. Also, her beloved pearl necklace with three strands, which her father gifted to her when she was a little girl, King George VI.

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