500-Year-Old Crown Of Scotland Placed On Queen Elizabeth’s Coffin (Photos)

The Crown of Scotland was placed on Her Majesty’s coffin in Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral as her son King Charles and his siblings watched on.

The sombre moment was part of the service in the heart of the Scottish capital this afternoon.

Made from gold, silver and precious gems, the crown is the centrepiece of the Honours of Scotland which are the oldest Crown jewels in Britain and among the oldest in Europe.

The crown was made in its current form in 1540 for King James V of Scotland.

In its earliest form, the crown dates back to 1503, when it was depicted being worn by King James IV.

The Queen had herself held the crown in the same church, St Giles’ Kirk just after her coronation.

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