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Queen Elizabeth II holding the Orb
Queen Elizabeth II holding the Orb

The Sovereign's Orb is a type of regalia known as a globus cruciger and is one of the British Crown Jewels. © Cecil Beaton / Camera Press. ... Jump to: navigation, search Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), born 21 April 1926, is the Queen regnant of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and... REGALIA is a Latin plurale tantum for the privilegies and insignia, characterisic of a King or other sovereign. ... Queen Elizabeth II held a globus cruciger, called the Sovereigns Orb, for her coronation portrait in 1953. ... Coronation Chair and Regalia of England The collective term Crown Jewels denotes the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and at various other state functions. ...


It was created for the coronation of King Charles II in 1661 at a cost of £1,150. Jump to: navigation, search Charles II (29 May 1630–6 February 1685) was the King of England, King of Scots, and King of Ireland from 30 January 1649 (retrospectively de jure) or 29 May 1660 (de facto) until his death. ... Events January 6 - The fifth monarchy men unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London. ...


The Orb is a hollow gold sphere weighing 42 ounces and about 6.5 inches in diameter. Around the centre is a band of pearls and gemstones. There is a similar half-band running across the top half of the Orb. Atop the Orb is an amethyst surmounted by a Cross. The Orb is a religious symbol; it represents the Monarch's role as Defender of the Faith and as Head of the Church of England. The ounce is the name for a number of different units of mass (oz), and also of two units of fluid volume (fl oz) and of one unit of force, the ounce-force (ozf). ... Jump to: navigation, search Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... Jump to: navigation, search Amethyst is a violet or purple variety of quartz often used as an ornament. ... Fidei defensor (Latin for Defender of the Faith) was a title granted on October 17, 1521 by Pope Leo X to King Henry VIII of England due to Henrys book Assertio Septem Sacramentorum (written with the uncredited assistance of Thomas More) which defended the sacramental nature of marriage and... Jump to: navigation, search The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ...


During a coronation, the Archbishop of Canterbury delivers the Orb to the Monarch's right hand. The Orb is then placed on an altar, where it remains for the remainder of the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, the Monarch holds the Orb in the left hand, the Sceptre with the Cross in the right hand, and wears the Imperial State Crown as he or she leaves Westminster Abbey. British coronations are held in Westminster Abbey. ... Jump to: navigation, search Arms of the see of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior clergyman of the established Church of England and symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... Queen Elizabeth II holding the Sceptre with the Cross The Sceptre with the Cross, also known as the St Edwards Sceptre, the Sovereigns Sceptre or the Royal Sceptre, is a sceptre of the British Crown Jewels. ... The Imperial State Crown is one of the British Crown Jewels. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Abbeys western facade The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, which is almost always referred to as Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral, in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. ...


The shape and image of the Sovereign's Orb was spoofed in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail as the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch". Jump to: navigation, search Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a comedy film from 1975. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is a fictional weapon from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ...


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Sovereign - LoveToKnow 1911 (417 words)
It bore the figure of the king crowned, in royal mantle, seated on the throne, and holding the sceptre and orb.
The sovereign is eleven-twelfths pure gold and one-twelfth alloy, copper being usual.
The light colour of early Australian sovereigns was due to the use of silver instead of copper.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Sovereign's Orb (1090 words)
The Sovereign's Orb is a type of regalia known as a globus cruciger and is one of the British Crown Jewels.
Atop the Orb is an amethyst surmounted by a Cross.
The Orb is a religious symbol; it represents the Monarch's role as Defender of the Faith and as Head of the Church of England.
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