Crown discovered for Queen of Little People!
Wild excitement at The Tower Of London today as a ‘fun size’ fully working crown was revealed to delighted crowds as part of the revamped Crown Jewels exhibition. Thought to have been worn by Queen of the Borrowers or other fairy sized ruler, this diminutive crown glistens magnificently beside the huge, yet cursed, Kōh-i Nūr diamond.
Better than any private shopping trip – ‘Close the store so London At Large can shop in peace’ – was this fantastic opportunity to see the Crown Jewels in all their rediscovered glory. The Tower had been shut and we chosen few had the entire historic site to ourselves (and some soldiers, guards, ravens, beef-eaters etc but you get the idea). Stunning.
At one point this morning, I was the only person in the room and with all this magnificence around me I fleetingly became a poor man’s Pascal Sauvage. I admit it – I seized what I could!
But then that curse ran through my mind:
“He who owns the Kōh-i Nūr will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity.”
So I put it back.
Soon after we left the cool shelter of the vault and traipsed into the sunshine we found we were no longer alone. School children from across the globe had some how found their way to the Tower too. Must be a tourist attraction or somat. But its a good ‘un. Go!
Images: Royal Collection
Trust/(c)Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012
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