The collection of state regalia (royal objects) in the Armoury Chamber of Kremlin is the national pride of Russia. It consists of crowns, scepters, thrones, the state sword and shield, chains and crosses which played a leading part in court ceremonial from the thirteenth to nineteenth century.
These sacred relics, symbols of state power, were passed down from generation to generation, affirming the continuity and unshakeability of supreme autocracy. They reflect the whole history of the Russian state and were witnesses of the most significant political events.
All these items are of great artistic, historical and material value. They were used almost without changes at all the coronations right up to that of the coronation of Nicholas II.
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