The Daily Telegraph

Crowning touch Coffin to be adorned while lying at rest


When Queen Elizabeth II’S coffin is taken to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh today to lie at rest for 24 hours, it will be adorned with the Crown of Scotland.

The oldest of all the royal regalia is worn by the monarch at the State Opening of the Scottish Parliament. It is made of solid gold and was created in 1540, meaning it pre-dates the Union, after King James V of Scotland ordered it to be refashione­d from the previous crown. After the precious stones were removed it was melted down and an extra 41 ounces of Scottish gold was added before the 22 gemstones and 68 pearls were mounted.

It weighs 3lbs 10oz (1.64kg).

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