A study of England is not complete without a discussion about the crown jewels. When my husband and I visited London in 2012, we visited the Tower of London and in a small room in a part of the wall was a few crowns, and we thought we had seen them and were already impressed. However we discovered after looking at our map that they were actually in the White Tower and were much more impressive than I could have imagined.
Apart from a 12th-century anointing spoon, they all date from after the Restoration of Charles II in 1661. The ancient crown jewels were destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in 1649 when he established the Commonwealth of England. Today, St. Edward’s Crown is the centerpiece of the coronation regalia, used at the moment of crowning and exchanged for the lighter Imperial State Crown. Included in this crown are the Cullinan II, the Stuart Sapphire, St Edward’s Sapphire, and the Black Prince’s Ruby – all famous precious stones. On the Sovereign’s Scepter with Cross is Cullinan I, the largest clear cut diamond in the world. The Crown of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother houses the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond. In addition to crowns there are also various orbs, swords, coronets, rings and other pieces of regalia. It is truly amazing to behold.
I had seen a few crowns using paper plates as a base, so I decided that would be a perfect activity for my oldest.
We first folded a plain paper plate in half and cut it straight down the middle and then half again on each side.
We then flipped the spires of the crown upwards to reveal a crown shape, then gathered our royal gems (Dollar Store has an amazing collection of plastic gems!)
I first had my daughter color her crown with a marker for added artistic expression. My youngest daughter was determined to not be left out of this craft, so I gave her a crown and she used crayons (we do not trust her with markers yet, lol)
Soon after this photo was taken, she ripped up the crown and ran off to play with her other toys, so no further photos of her work, lol.
My oldest insisted I help her with some designs on her crown and she picked several variations of pink, her favorite color. She also HAD to have a pink scepter because she is a princess.
Next we glued on the gems.
My daughter mostly used purple and pink with some other colors after she had exhausted all the aforementioned colors.
I made a crown too, why not? I love doing these activities almost as much as she does some days!
Tada – My crown is on the left, and hers is on the right. Honestly I like hers better!
And here is my royal princess, complete with her wand, lol. What a fun activity to learn about the crown jewels!