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GREAT BRITAIN: The Crown: Feb. 3, 1936

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Jiggling atop a velvet cushion on the bier of King George, there passed through the streets of London last week, The Crown—with its 309 carat diamond, one of the “Stars of Africa”; its ruby big as a hen’s egg from the Crown of Edward the Black Prince: the Stuart Sapphire from the Crown of Charles II: the pearl eardrops of Queen Elizabeth: the sapphire Edward the Confessor wore in his Coronation Ring. Great officials of the Kingdom were in utmost consternation when they noticed belatedly that The Crown’s topping of a Maltese cross set with a square sapphire, eight medium-sized diamonds and 192 smaller diamonds had fallen off during the procession and disappeared. It had been picked up and quietly pocketed by an officer who as quietly produced it to his bug-eyed superiors. Normally the Crown reposes with the Sceptre and other Crown Jewels at the lower of London inside a large, round age with heavy iron bars through which peer visitors watched by “Beefeaters.”*

‘Yeomen Warders of the Tower.

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