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Honours of Scotland

The Honours of Scotland, on display in the Crown Room, are the oldest Crown jewels in the British Isles. Made of gold, silver and precious gems, the priceless crown, sceptre and sword of state are a breathtaking sight to behold.

Mary Queen of Scots was the first to use the crown and sceptre together, at her coronation in 1543. Only Mary of Guise, her mother, had previously worn the crown, for her coronation in 1540. Pope Alexander VI had given King James IV the sceptre in 1494.

The Honours have had a turbulent past. They were removed from the castle and hidden from 1651–60 to keep them from Oliver Cromwell’s army. In 1707, following the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland, they were locked in a chest and sealed away.

Sir Walter Scott, the famous novelist, rediscovered the Honours in 1818 – along with a mysterious silver wand.

The Crown Jewels, and their accompanying exhibition are located on the first floor of the Royal Palace on the East side of Crown Square.