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1902: Coronation of Edward VII in London

1902: Coronation of Edward VII in London
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Story Highlights

  • Historical event:
  • 9 August 1902
  • A separate crown was made for the king’s wife Queen Alexandra. It contained the famous Koh-i-Noor, at the time the largest known diamond in the world.

On this day in 1902, King Edward VII’s coronation ceremony was held in London.

It was the first coronation in the UK in 64 years. The reason for this long pause was the unusually long reign of Queen Victoria, mother of the mentioned Edward VII.

King Edward VII was 60 at the moment of coronation. It is interesting that the coronation was supposed to take place on 26 June that same year, but the king had fallen ill.

He had to have abdomen surgery, so the coronation was postponed despite the fact that many distinguished foreign guests had already arrived in London (including Russian empress Alexandra, Edward’s niece).

The king needed around a month and a half to recover from the surgery. At the coronation ceremony, the crown placed on Edwards head was the lighter Imperial State Crown rather than the Crown of St. Edward, which is normally used on these occasions.

A separate crown was made for the king’s wife Queen Alexandra. It contained the famous Koh-i-Noor, at the time the largest known diamond in the world. It’s name approximately means “Mountain of Light”.

Because of its history and age, it is today considered the most famous diamond in history apart from the blue Hope Diamond and the Russian diamond Orlov.

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