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St Edward’s crown
St Edward’s crown

One of the most widely-viewed pieces in the crown jewels is St Edward’s crown, which has 444 stones, both precious and semi-precious. The nearly two kilograms of gold used to construct the crown is today worth more than $145,000, while the collection of stones in the precious metal likely place the value of this crown around $57 million.

Her Majesty only wore the St Edward’s crown for a few moments. At over two kilograms, the crown is quite heavy and cumbersome. “You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up,” Queen Elizabeth told Smithsonian Channel. “Because if you did, your neck would break and it [the crown] would fall off,” she says.