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Jesus and Palm Sunday (10 of 13)
Series: Jesus and...
Luke 19: 29 - 44
I - The Colt that was Willingly Shared (29 - 35)
II - The Clothing that was Wonderfully Spread (36)
III - The Crowd that was Worshipfully Speaking (37 - 38)
IV - The Criticism that was Wisely Silenced (39 - 40)
V - The Cry that was Weepingly Shared (41 - 44)
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The coronation of Queen Victoria took place on 28 June 1838, just over a year after she succeeded to the throne at the age of 18. The procession to and from the ceremony at Westminster Abbey was witnessed by unprecedentedly huge crowds, as the new railways made it easier for an estimated 400,000 to come to London from the rest of the country.
The ceremony cost 6.41 million as of 2015, which exceeded the 2.46 million as of 2015 spent on that of her predecessor William IV in 1831 but was far less than the18.5 million as of 2015 for the grandiose coronation of his brother George IV in 1821.
Victoria was crowned with a new Imperial State Crown made for her by the Crown Jewelers Rundell and Bridge, with 3093 gems, including the Black Prince's Ruby (actually a spinel), set on the front cross pattée; the cross at the top was set with a stone known as St. Edward's Sapphire, a sapphire taken from the ring (or possibly coronet) of Edward the Confessor. As Edward VII was later to do, she had judged the usual St Edward's Crown too heavy. The crown still exists, but has been stripped of its jewels; a new and lighter version was made in 1937 and has been worn by several monarchs in processions by coach. The George IV State Diadem was worn by the Queen in the returning procession.
Victoria's coronation robes remain in the Royal Collection, and are kept at Kensington Palace with the other items in their collection of historic dress, though they are not normally on display, as her wedding dress has been. They are reported to be in excellent conditi ...
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