The King’s Orb

The two orbs. The larger is the King’s Orb. The smaller orb was made for the coronation of Queen Mary II as sovereign regnant.

The two orbs. The larger is the King’s Orb. The smaller orb was made for the coronation of Queen Mary II as sovereign regnant.

Perhaps the most sacred ornament of the coronation regalia is the Sovereign’s orb which symbolizes the dominion of the Christian religion over the world. It is a globe of gold encircled by a band edged with pearls inside which are fine rubies, sapphires and emeralds set within diamond clusters. The globe is surmounted by a great amethyst set beneath a jewelled cross.

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