Each stone in the crown of the British Empire has its own unique history associated with the lives of famous people. The crown, which we often see now, quite young. The British monarchy, despite the adherence to tradition, changed any of the crown.
The penultimate crown – the so-called crown Victoria was pretty heavy, so, in 1911, was made lighter crown. In it, was still alive, Queen Elizabeth II, feels quite comfortable.
The crowns only changing the structure is the same reduced set of rocks remains practically unchanged, except for the many famous Kohinor that is not currently part of the crown. Every time the skeleton can withstand your style is an alternation of crosses and heraldic lilies.
Today you will learn about the sapphire of St. Edward. It is inserted in the cross located on the top of the crown. Rather, it is the most ancient stone regalia. According to legend, the sapphire was set into a ring of Edward the Confessor, who ascended the throne in 1042.
History of the sapphire is. One day, the king rode to Westminster Abbey and its walls met the old beggar, begging for alms. Money the king was not – in fact, why the king at the time, the money? But wanting to help the poor, he took from his finger a ring and gave it to him.
Many years later, the king’s audience asked for two of the pilgrim, an Englishman, taught Eduardo the same ring with a sapphire, which he had once served as an alms.
It turned out that the pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, were caught in a sandstorm. They have been prepared for the meeting with the Creator. But suddenly, they met a man and two boys with lanterns. The old man brought them out of the storm and took shelter. And in the morning, he gave them a sapphire ring. He told me to pass it on to king Edward saying that after six months they will meet in Paradise.
It was himself St. John. He has long roamed the earth in the guise of a beggar. Him one day the king gave the ring. Prediction of imminent death came to the king soon died.
And the miracles do not end. When the British opened the tomb of king a couple of centuries, they found that the body of Edward has not decayed, and is fully preserved. It was officially recognized as a miracle. And this miracle was connected with a ring – monarch was buried with him.
It was believed even that the one who touches the ring will be healed. Later, he was tucked into the crown of Queen Victoria. To this day adorns the top of the crown of the British Empire.