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Talk: The Coronation Regalia (Crown Jewels) by Rufus Bird

20th April 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hanford School-Talk: The Coronation Regalia (Crown Jewels) by Rufus Bird

Ahead of the Coronation of His Majesty the King on 6 May, join us for a talk by Hanford parent Rufus Bird on the Coronation Regalia, also known as The Crown Jewels,  on Thursday 20th April at 7pm. 

Rufus will explain the function and history of the crowns, sceptres, orbs and other items (for example the colobium sindonis) almost all of which are kept in The Jewel House and used at coronations and other state occasions.  He will also consider their role in the coronation and explain the extraordinary history behind some of the most important precious stones.  This promises to be a fascinating, informative and very timely talk – enabling us all to be armchair experts (unless you have a personal invitation to Westminster Abbey) as we watch the Coronation unfold on Saturday 6th May.

In 2010 Rufus was appointed by HM Queen Elizabeth II as Deputy Surveyor of the Queen’s Works of Art. At the Royal Collection he had responsibility for about 500,000 works of decorative art across fifteen residences, he oversaw all conservation of decorative art objects in three workshops. In 2018 he was appointed Surveyor of the Queen’s Works of Art and assumed curatorial responsibility for the Crown Jewels.

The evening will start with drinks in the library at 7pm and Rufus’s talk will start at 7.30pm and is expected to last 45 minutes to an hour.

If you would like to attend, please book your places here



20th April 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Hanford School


Camilla Bashaarat