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Imperial Crown of India

The Imperial Crown of India is the crown used by King George V in his capacity as Emperor of India at the Delhi Durbar of 1911. The British constitution prohibits the Crown Jewels from leaving the country, a product of the days when kings and queens pawned the jewels to foreign buyers. There are considerable risks involved in transporting the historic regalia by sea and land over such a great distance. For these reasons, a new crown was made specially for George V and Queen Mary's trip to India in 1911, where they were proclaimed as Emperor and Empress of India before the princes and rulers of India; the Crown Jewellers at the time, Garrard & Co, made the crown at a cost of £60,000, borne by the India Office. The Imperial Crown of India weighs 920 g and is set with 6,170 diamonds, 9 emeralds, 4 rubies, 4 sapphires. At the front is a fine emerald weighing 32 carats; the king wrote in his diary that it was heavy and uncomfortable to wear: "Rather tired after wearing my crown for ​3 1⁄2 hours. However, the eight half-arches on top, which join at a typical monde and cross pattée, point upwards in the form of a Gothic ogee arch.

The crown is the only crown of a British sovereign to have eight half-arches, in the style of continental European crowns, departing from the tradition of British crowns having two arches or four half-arches. George and Mary were not crowned as emperor and empress at the ceremony. Instead, the king wore the crown as he entered the durbar, the durbar was styled as an affirmation of the king's coronation, which had taken place in the United Kingdom six months earlier, it has not been used since George V returned from India. On 15 August 1947, the Indian Empire was dissolved and the Dominions of India and Pakistan came into being. George VI and his British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, agreed that "as long as the two new Dominions remained in the Commonwealth, the crown should be retained among the Crown Jewels, but if at date one or both were to secede it might be contended that, in view of the fact that it had been purchased out of Indian funds, the crown should be vested in some Indian authority".

Whilst neither Dominion still exists, their Indian and Pakistani successor states are both still in the Commonwealth. The Imperial Crown of India is on public display in the Jewel House at the Tower of London. Imperial crown "The Imperial Crown of India". Royal Collection Trust. Inventory no. 31706

Heino Mandri

Heino Mandri was an Estonian actor. In 1946, he graduated from the Tallinn State Conservatory. Mandri was accused of anti-Soviet activities and sentenced to imprisonment, from 1948 to 1954 he served the sentence in Votlage, Kirov Oblast in Russia. Rehabilitated only shortly before his death. In the years 1958–1966 and since 1972 – actor Kingisepp's Tallinn academic theater. In the years 1966–1972 – actor Estonian SSR State Youth Theatre. In the years 1975–1990 – actor Tallinn City Theatre. In Soviet films playing characters who were officers of the Wehrmacht and American spies; the Lark Counter measure A Time to Live and a Time to Love Young Russia TASS Is Authorized to Declare... Entrance to the Labyrinth Kinopoisk.ru Heino Mandri on IMDb Tmm.ee

You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!

You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! is a live hits album released by American hard rock band Kiss. The album was issued to coincide with the group's 1996–97 Alive/Worldwide Tour. All of the songs on the album are live versions. Most were taken from Alive! or Alive II but four recordings had been unreleased. The liner notes report the tracks are outtakes from Alive! and Alive II-era recordings, although there is some speculation to whether this is the case. The final track is an interview of the reunited group conducted by Jay Leno; the album received negative reviews. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album one star out of five and said, "It's a rip-off album and simple... There is no reason for this to exist... you may have wanted the best, but you didn't get it – you just got exploited." Rolling Stone's 1996 review was negative, calling it a "shameless reunion-promotion biscuit". The 2004 album guide by the same magazine gave the album three stars out of five; the album was certified gold by the RIAA on May 21, 1997.

The Japanese CD/ US vinyl release had another live track, featuring Eric Carr on drums rather than Peter Criss, released as a promotional single at Blockbuster. Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, vocals Gene Simmons - bass guitar, vocals Ace Frehley - lead guitar, vocals on "New York Groove" Peter Criss - drums, vocals on "Beth" Eric Carr - drums on "New York Groove" Bruce Kulick - guitar overdubs on "Room Service", "Two Timer", "Let Me Know" and "Take Me" Album