British Crown Jewels Timeline

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  • 973
    First text description of the coronation of an English monarch, the crowning of King Edgar.
  • 25 Dec 1066
    William the Conqueror holds the first coronation at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1100 - 1300
    Possible period in which the Koh-i-Noor diamond was discovered in the Golconda mines in India.
  • Oct 1216
    New regalia items are created for the coronation of Henry III of England.
  • Oct 1216
    King John of England loses some of the Crown Jewels while escaping rebels.
  • 1649
    The Parliamentarians destroy, dismantle or sell off the British Crown Jewels.
  • 1661
    New Crown Jewels are created for the coronation of Charles II with some of the pre-revolution regalia being found and reused.
  • 26 Jan 1905
    The Cullinan diamond is discovered in Transvaal, South Africa.
  • 9 Nov 1907
    The Cullian diamond is presented to Edward VII of England for his 66th birthday.
  • Feb 1908 - Nov 1908
    Joseph Asscher and Company of Amsterdam cut the Cullinan diamond into 9 large stones and 96 smaller gems.
  • 21 Nov 1908
    The Cullinan I and II diamonds are presented to Edward VII.
  • 1910
    The Cullinan II diamond is set into the Imperial State Crown of the British Crown Jewels.
  • 1911
    The Cullinan I diamond is added to the Sovereign's Sceptre of the British Crown Jewels.