The Sovereign’s Orb is formed from a hollow gold sphere, mounted with a zone and arc with clusters of emeralds, rubies and sapphires, surrounded by rose-cut diamonds, each in a champleve enamel mount, between single rows of pearls. The monde is an octagonal step-cut amethyst, surmounted by a cross set with rose-cut diamonds, with a table-cut sapphire in the centre on one side and an emerald on the other, and with pearls at the angles and at the end of each arm. The Orb is a representation of the sovereign’s power, symbolising the Christian world, with its cross mounted on a globe, and the bands of jewels dividing it up into three section representing the three continents known in medieval times. During the coronation service the new sovereign is first anointed with holy oil, then robed in coronation robes, and then invested with a number of ornaments symbolising the chivalric nature of kingship. These include the spurs, swords and armills and then the Sovereign’s Orb, which is placed in the right hand of the monarch, before being placed on the altar.
Commissioned for the coronation of Charles II in 1661 from the royal goldsmith Robert Viner.
Spoilers for the ends of Birthright and Revelation
This was ridiculous. He was the fourth child, for gods’ sakes. He had no right to be standing here. It should have been Xander, or Corrin, or even Camilla. They would have been excellent monarchs. But no, Xander and Corrin were gone, minding their own kingdom, and Camilla had given up her title to play house with her husband. Leaving him here, being fitted for coronation robes by his own son.
“What do you think of this color, Father?” Forrest asked, holding up a swath of Kendal-green fabric. “This will bring out your eyes in the most marvelous way, don’t you agree?” He, at least, looked happy – his eyes twinkled in merriment, and a pale pink flush of excitement colored his face. Leo knew his own complexion was closer to sour milk.
“Black,” he said in a clipped tone. “Violet trim, if you insist on other colors so much. It’s customary for ki –” He choked on the words. Kings of Nohr.
The Imperial Coronation Robe and Crown Jewels of Russia for Empress Catherine II “The Great”.
The gown is made of luxuriant silver silk, with lace sleeves and a lace bertha around the neckline. Embroidered golden eagles serve as the repeated pattern throughout with ermine trim at the hem. The blue sash, worn from the right shoulder to the waist, represents the Order of St. Andrew the First Called and is principally bestowed upon the royal family.