Is there really a “Royal Regalia”

The term “Royal Regalia” is, as stated in The Betrayal In The Louvre, a generic one. The most famous to those of us in the English speaking world are, of course, the British Crown Jewels. However, the Tsars had the Imperial Crown of Russia, the Chinese had the Dragon robe and crown. Regalia doesn’t have to be royal. It simply means something associated with an office, person or place. The United States President has the Presidential Seal, military members of all ranks and nations wear somesort of regalia to indicate their rank and positon.  Firemen and police have their badges – regalia. 

The book discusses four pieces of regalia: The Royal Patent, the Sword of Charlemagne, the Coronation Crown and the Holy Ampule.  Sadly, most of the regalia of the French King’s have been destroyed.  From the Ancien Régime, except for Louis XV’s crown, only the medieval Joyeuse, the coronation sword of the French kings, the spurs, the brooch of Saint Louis, the sceptre, called “Hand of Justice”, and the sceptre of Charles V, as well as the antique cup of the Ptolemies with its paten and the coronation chalice survived.

 As great a story as it would be, to the best of my knowledge, there is no such thing as a Royal Patent, at least used in the context of this book.

“Patents” are issued by kings and queens, though the process seems to have gone out of fashion as kings and queens have lost their power. Patents are legal orders or rights which publicly declare or grant a right, title or some sort of status to a person or persons. Noblemen were given Letters patent which conferred their nobleness. However, I do not know of a sovereign having a patent granting him or her their kingship/queenship.

My imagination did not run so far afield with the remaining pieces of regalia. Everything I mention is, in fact, true. Everything except the idea that the items in the Louvre are fake, that (hopefully) is fiction. Click on the subpages to this page for more information on each of the Royal Regalia. And remember, everything I tell you is true, unless its not.