At some point in their lives, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to inherit the English throne. While Queen Elizabeth has held her position for an unusually long time, Prince William is only 37 years old, making it very likely that he’ll hold the throne at some point in his life.
One of the most interesting aspects about British royalty is the fact that it’s one of the oldest and most preserved lineages in history. Among the many riches and estates that British royals own and maintain, the Crown Jewels stand as one of the most famous and expensive.
As the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has the opportunity to wear many crown jewels, like Princess Diana’s engagement ring and the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace. Once Prince William inherits the throne, the couple will gain access to most of them. Items like St. Edward’s Crown and the Jeweled Sword of Offering are valued at $39 and $660 million respectively. No one’s ever buying these items, but it’s interesting to know that they exist, just out of curiosity’s sake.
The British Royal Jewels Instagram account is a must follow for royal fans from all over the world, uploading images of the most famous items of jewelry worn by the royal family. Along with the photo, they also post a small write up of the piece, explaining some of its history and cultural importance. Check out some of the most interesting jewels uploaded on their accounts: