Queen Victoria said Imperial State Crown looked 'like a pudding that had sat down'

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Victoria had first worn the crown at her coronation in 1838, however, by that time she had been ruling as queen for a year already after her uncle’s death King William IV in 1837. 

The crown Queen Elizabeth II wore for her coronation in 1953 was also worn by her father, George VI, although the head size was altered to better fit Her Majesty, the design of which is believed to be based on Victoria’s original crown. 

Since the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, it is believed that 10 versions of the Imperial State Crown have been made. 

There are only three people allowed to handle the Imperial State Crown: the monarch, the Archbishop of Canterbury during the coronation and the Crown Jeweller who ensures the crown is maintained and secured when it leaves the Tower of London. 

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