Crown jewels to go on display

Seven representatives of church and state are set to unlock the chamber in Prague’s St Vitus cathedral on Monday in which the Czech crown jewels are stored. The valuable artefacts will be put display for the general public on Tuesday at Prague Castle’s Vladislav Hall, the traditional site of the coronation of kings.

The crown jewels are regarded as the symbol of Czech statehood and history and consist of St. Wenceslas’ crown and the royal orb and sceptre. They are kept permanently under lock and key in a reinforced safe and are only put on display on very special occasions.

The exhibition at Prague Castle is part of a major exhibition marking the centenary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia and is open to the public for free until January 23.