God Save the Queen's coronet! Victoria's wedding jewels could be sold abroad

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Queen Victoria's wedding coronet could be sold abroad to a foreign buyer in what would basically be the most un-British thing *ever*.

The multi-million pound piece of jewellery needs a buyer - and in a desperate attempt to find a UK customer, the Government has put a temporary export ban on the coronet.

The sapphire and diamond coronet was designed by her beloved husband Albert in 1840, and is considered one of the most important jewels of the Queen's long reign.

The jewels matched the sapphire and diamond brooch that Albert had given to Victoria on the day before their wedding.

The coronet cost £415 when it was originally made - but to buy it now would set you back £5 million plus VAT.

A general view of The Mall looking towards the Victoria Memorial, London.
(Steven Paston/PA)

The coronet was given by George V and Queen Mary to Princess Mary on her marriage to Viscount Lascelles in 1922 and was later sold to a dealer in London, who subsequently sold it to the overseas buyer who has applied for an export licence.

The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA).

Undated handout photo issued by the Department for Culture Media and Sport of a coronet worn by Queen Victoria and designed by her beloved husband Albert, which could be exported unless a UK buyer can be found for the multi-million pound piece of jewellery.
(Department for Culture Media and Sport/PA)

The decision on the licence has been deferred until December 27 - with the possibility of an extension until June 27 next year if an alternative British buyer emerges with the serious intention to raise the funds.

Culture Minister Matt Hancock, who imposed the temporary export bar, said: "Queen Victoria's coronet is stunning. It is one of the most iconic jewels from a pivotal period in our history and symbolises one of our nation's most famous love stories.

"I hope that we are able to keep the coronet in the UK and on display for the public to enjoy for years to come."