Queen Victoria’s Diamond Crown / This crown whose lightness and elegance contrast with other British crowns, was ordered by Queen Victoria for her personal use. She found the Imperial State Crown too heavy, and very much resented the complicated procedures involved when removing the crown from the Tower of London.
This small diamond crown, as worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1870. This crown was designed to be worn over a mourning veil as the Imperial State Crown could not be (and was very heavy for the small Queen). It was the personal property of Queen Victoria and she left it to the Crown in her will.