Weird News New Documentary Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen's Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII

10:20  13 january  2018
10:20  13 january  2018 Source:   Mental Floss

Jewels worth millions stolen in Paris Ritz armed robbery: police

  Jewels worth millions stolen in Paris Ritz armed robbery: police Armed robbers made off with millions of euros worth of jewellery after smashing the windows of the world-famous Ritz hotel in Paris on Wednesday, police said, adding that three suspects had been detained. Two suspected thieves were still on the run, according to a police source, adding that the value of the items taken was "several million euros".The five men armed with hatchets arrived at the hotel in Paris' luxurious Place Vendome around 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) before smashing the windows on the ground floor and making off with the jewels."World-famous jewellers display their jewellery at the Ritz," a police source said.

Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen ' s Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII . The unorthodox hiding place was recently revealed in a new BBC documentary , The Coronation British news commentator Alastair Bruce, who interviews the Queen in the hour-long special, says he

The unorthodox hiding place was recently revealed in a new BBC documentary , The Coronation, which looks back on Queen Elizabeth II ’s rise © Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images New Documentary Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen ' s Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII .

a person standing in front of a birthday cake: New Documentary Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen's Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII © Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images New Documentary Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen's Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII Today, the Queen of the United Kingdom's Crown Jewels are safeguarded in the Tower of London’s Jewel House, under the watch of armed guards. But during World War II, select gems from the priceless collection were stored in a biscuit tin and buried on Windsor Castle’s grounds, according to Business Insider.

The unorthodox hiding place was recently revealed in a new BBC documentary, The Coronation, which looks back on Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne in 1953. British news commentator Alastair Bruce, who interviews the Queen in the hour-long special, says he stumbled across the story while perusing once-confidential letters between royal librarian Sir Owen Morshead and Queen Mary, the mother of King George VI and grandmother of Queen Elizabeth.

Millions in gems stolen in gun raid at Paris Ritz

  Millions in gems stolen in gun raid at Paris Ritz Armed robbers have raided the Ritz Hotel in Paris and stolen jewellery thought to be worth millions of euros. The axe-wielding thieves made off with the jewels after smashing the windows of the world-famous hotel in the French capital, police said.The stolen items are worth "several million euros", a police source added. © Other Police have cordoned off the area TV station BFM said the jewels were worth €4.7m (£4.16m).Three suspects have been detained and two others are on the run, the source said.A witness told Sky News they heard "at least 10 rounds of gunfire".

During World War II , the Crown Jewels were hidden in a cookie tin at Windsor Castle to protect them from the Nazis, and Queen Elizabeth II, who was a teenager at the time, didn’t know they were being kept there, a new BBC documentary reveals .

A new BBC documentary revealed that the British Crown Jewels were buried in a "biscuit" tin at Windsor Castle during World War II to protect them from Nazi invasion — and that Queen Elizabeth II, a teenager at the time, had been unaware of the secret.

Fearing that the Nazis would seize the royal jewels, George VI ordered the treasure-filled tin to be buried underneath a secret emergency castle exit. The jewels—including the Black Prince's Ruby and St. Edward's Sapphire, both taken from the Imperial State Crown—were accessible only through a trapdoor.

The freshly tilled earth was a chalky white. To avoid notice from the German Luftwaffe, tarps were used to conceal the dug-up grounds at night. The Nazis weren’t the only ones left in the dark: Princess Elizabeth, then 14 years old, had no idea where the gems were buried, although she did know they’d been hidden at Windsor.

This story—along with other musings on royalty from Queen Elizabeth—is shared in The Coronation, which airs on the Smithsonian Channel on January 14.

[h/t Business Insider]

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