Greek crown jewels

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When Otto of Bavaria became the first King of Greece in 1832 when the great European powers forced the militarily chastened Ottoman Empire to formally accept its independence, he had no crown or associated regalia. The crown, orb, sceptre and sword were ordered in Paris (Fossin et Fils Goldsmiths); the sword, however, was made by Jules Manceaux. The regalia (the Greek crown jewels) arrived in Greece in 1835.

Their model were the Bavaria regalia but they did not have any precious stones (especially the crown) and thus they resemble funerary European regalia, they were made of precious metals, mainly gold and perhaps partly silver. Otto, as all kings of Greece after him, was never crowned. When Otto was overthrown in a coup in 1862 and fled, he took the Greek regalia back with him to Bavaria.

In 1959, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria presented the Greek regalia back to King Paul of Greece. Greek monarchs since Otto had not been crowned. Nevertheless, the regalia of Otto were accepted and remain in Greece.


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  • The Greek Royal Regalia
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