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Imperial Crown of India

The Imperial Crown of India is a part of the British Crown Jewels. It was created for George V of the United Kingdom to wear at the Delhi Durbar in 1911. The need for the new crown lay in the fact that the crown jewels themselves are forbidden to leave England by law.

King George and Queen Mary travelled to Delhi for the Durbar service, proclaiming them as Emperor and Emperess of India to the princes of India. The King was not crowned at the service because the Archbishop of Canterbury did not think it suitable for a Christian religious service to take place in a Hindu country. Therefore the King wore the crown as he entered the arena where the Durbar took place.

The Crown Jewellers created the crown at the cost of 60,000. It weighs 34.05 ounces and is set with emeralds, rubies, sapphires and 6,100 diamonds.

The crown has not been worn since by future monarchs.

It can be viewed in the Jewel House at the Tower of London, alongside the other crown jewels.

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