The Regale of France ruby: from a French king to Becket’s tomb to Henry VIII….and then lost.

Becket's tomb as it was in medieval period

Whatever the truth about this amazing ruby, it must be (still is?) one heck of a precious stone. It belonged to a French king, and leapt from his ring to attach itself to the tomb of Thomas Becket, who was born 900 years ago today, in Canterbury. The ruby then ended up belonging to Henry VIII (who had it removed from the tomb and put in a thumb ring for himself). George IV then had Henry’s tomb opened up, in the belief the ruby would be inside, but it wasn’t. So where did it go?

2 comments

  1. Everybody can see the “Regale of France” ruby, which in reality is a red spinel, at the Tower of London, mounted on the Imperial State Crown.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_State_Crown

    The identification of this huge red stone with the Regale of France is much more convincing, to the Royal House scorn, than with the Black Prince’s Ruby.

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