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Charles III coronation: The new king will be weighed down in gold and diamonds

When King Charles is crowned with the St Edward’s Crown, he will literally feel the weight of his responsibility: Made of solid gold and 444 gemstones, including rubies, garnets, sapphires and tourmalines, the coronation crown weighs five pounds. It was originally made for the coronation of the Charles II in 1661 to replace the medieval crown that was melted down in 1649 after the execution of King Charles I. Stored safely in the Tower of London, it is only taken out for royal coronations.

Charles will be holding the Sovereign’s gold Scepter with the mammoth Cullinan I diamond, which weighs in at 530.2 carats. It’s the world’s largest cut white diamond, and just one of the priceless sacred objects that are used in the coronation service to represent the monarch’s power and responsibilities.

King Charles will be presented with the Coronation ring (also known as the wedding ring of England), which is placed on the fourth finger of the Monarch’s right hand. It’s the same ring that has been used for nearly two centuries beginning with the Coronation of King William IV in 1831, who commissioned the British jeweler Rundell, Bridge & Rundell to create the symbolic sapphire ring with baguette-cut rubies in the form of a cross across the face.

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