This year marks the 350th anniversary of the Crown Jewels – following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 a new set of state regalia was created for the coronation of King Charles II in 1661 to replicate the original set disposed of by Oliver Cromwell. Today, the Crown Jewels are exhibited at the Tower of London and are viewed every day by visitors from all over the world. They remain the most treasured pieces of the Royal Collection.
These stamps focus on details from some of the most important and iconic items with the Crown Jewel collection. Images were specifically chosen to reflect the beauty and intricate workmanship of the items featured. Royal Mail consulted with the Royal Collection, custodians of the Crown Jewels.The Crown Jewels shown on the stamps are the Sovereign\’s Sceptre with Cross, St Edward\’s Crown, Rod and Sceptre with Doves, Queen Mary\’s Crown, the Sovereign\’s Orb, the Jewelled Sword of Offering, the Imperial State Crown and Coronation Spoon (dating from the 13th century the spoon was the only part of the royal regalia to escape destruction by Cromwell. At the coronation ceremony it is used to annoint the sovereign with holy oil).