FACTS ABOUT THE ENGLISH
CROWN JEWELS - LONDON
The tradition of safekeeping the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom in the Tower of London is almost as old as the fortress itself.
The first king to order the Crown Jewels to be kept there was Henry III, who ruled between 1216 and 1272. Initially, a specialized Jewel House was created to house the royal regalia, but it was demolished in 1669 and the precious royal ceremonial objects have been rehoused twice after.
Currently, they are stored in the Jewel House in the Waterloo Block, and the collection includes an 800-year-old Coronation Spoon, St. Edward's Crown, the Imperial State Crown, and 23,578 gemstones. What a treasure!
Clancy's comment: Wow, that's a lot of gemstones.