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Edinburgh’s Un-hidden Honours

The most historic crown jewels in the United Kingdom are not those of the British Monarchy in the Tower of London. The Scottish Crown Jewels, which include the Crown, Scepter, and Sword of State, are ...

The most historic crown jewels in the United Kingdom are not those of the British Monarchy in the Tower of London. The Scottish Crown Jewels, which include the Crown, Scepter, and Sword of State, are in fact much more steeped in history. These symbols of Scottish royalty are displayed in the Crown Room of Edinburgh Castle’s Royal Palace, so it is easy to see them it you are staying in one of the hotels near Edinburgh Castle. However, it was not always so easy to see this royal regalia.
 
Dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, the Honours of Scotland, as they are also called, are the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles. They have been used for the coronation of Scottish monarchs from 1543 to 1651. Today, the Honours are still formally presented to each new sovereign of Britain and the crown is also used at each opening of the Scottish Parliament.
 
The reason for the Scottish Honours’ seniority was actually their burial. Three times the Honours have been hidden away in order to prevent their destruction. This happened twice in the 1650s in order to hide them from Oliver Cromwell, who had destroyed the English Crown Jewels. The Honours were hidden first at Dunnottar Castle but smuggled out of the fortress when it came under siege by Cromwell’s New Model Army. From here they were moved to a second hiding placeComputer Technology Articles, this one beneath the floor of Kinneff Parish Church. The valuables were buried again during the Second World War just in case the Nazi’s had carried out Operation Sea Lion and invaded the British Isles.
 
Seeing the regalia is an essential part of any trip to Edinburgh. They are no longer hidden but on clear display so you can stay at any luxury hotel Edinburgh has to offer and wander to the Castle at you leisure. There is little threat they will be hidden again any time soon.

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Adrian Fisher is a London-based freelance journalist with a mission to make you a better and happier human being. Drawing attention to the peculiarities of life in the modern age is all part of the package. Check out his other articles for everything you need to know about travel destinations and hotels.



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