Here’s what happens to Queen Elizabeth II’s jewelry after her death

King Charles III inherits more than just Queen Elizabeth IIthe crown.

Following Her Majesty’s death on September 8, the King is now responsible for the Crown Jewels, passed down by British monarchs since the 17th century. The Queen also leaves an extensive personal collection of jewellery, which members of the Royal Family, including Kate Middletonborrowed on occasion.

Charles now has access to the extensive collection of items that make up the Crown Jewels, which according to the Historic Royal Palaces website includes more than 100 items and contains more than 23,000 gems. These jewels, including the Sovereign’s Scepter with Cross and the Sovereign’s Orb, are reserved for state occasions and coronations. Both items were displayed, along with the Imperial State Crown, on Her Majesty’s coffin at her enthronement and funeral.

As for the Queen’s private jewelry collection, according to the jewelry editor, the late monarch leaves behind more than 400 pieces which are stored in a secure vault 40 feet below Buckingham Palace. These items included in the collection are the Diamond Diadem Crown, made for King George IV in 1820, along with her beloved three-row pearl necklace, given to her by her father when she was a young girl King George VI.

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