Replica Crowns on display at Hever Castle – may 2022

May 25 2022 | Castle What's on

Photo credit: Ollie Dixon

A real glimpse of royalty will be on display for visitors to Hever Castle during the Queen’s Jubilee event when they can see a replica of the Imperial State Crown, St Edward’s Crown and the George IV State Diadem.

The crowns will be on display on a cushion in the Castle’s Drawing Room from 2-5 June before they are locked away each evening.

The Imperial State Crown was originally made for Queen Victoria in 1838 by the Crown Jewellers and was used at the coronation of King Edward VII and George V. It was remade for George VI and then again for the Queen. When not being used, the real Imperial State Crown is on display at The Tower of London. It is made from the finest silver-plated materials and contains 3,560 Swarovski Crystals as well as faux pearls.

The St Edward’s Crown is the crown usually reserved only for the crowning at the coronation ceremony. Unusually, the original Crown of St Edward, which was melted down during the interregnum, was used to crown Anne Boleyn in 1533. Anne is the only queen consort to have been afforded this honour; the crown typically being reserved for the crowning of the monarch.

The George IV State Diadem was created in 1840. The diadem features four sprays of diamonds representing the national emblems of England, Ireland and Scotland; roses, shamrocks and thistles. Of all the crowns, diadems, and tiaras in the royal collection, it is the most readily associated Queen Elizabeth II for she is depicted wearing this diadem on most banknotes and coins.

The replica crowns, which have been loaned by the Ancestors Group was created by Crowns and Regalia in Dover, England.

A Castle ticket will be required for admission into the Castle to see the Imperial State Crown.

Where better to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than the home of two former queens of England.

Hever Castle was not only the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII but also his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

Over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, visitors are invited to try and find the Queen’s precious Corgis and spot what mischief they are getting up to as part of a free trail in the grounds.

Take part in a hunt for the Queen’s crown and jewels in the Castle or see how many different queens and queen mothers you can find.

Enjoy the The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail, a specially designed augmented reality activity where players visit 7 characters that have ‘come to life’ from Buckingham Palace. Players, guided by Sir Barnaby Beacon, visit each character, learning about a different decade in Her Majesty’s 70 year reign.

Discover more about how we’re celebrating the Queen’s Jubliee here