Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom

Security caught off guard at the Tower as thief makes off with the keys

Beefeaters, the Tower of London's traditional custodians, have outsourced some of their duties to a private security firm. Photo: AFP

There was embarrassment at the Tower of London - home of the British crown jewels - after it emerged that guards released an intruder they found on the grounds, without realising that he had stolen a set of its keys.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 3:52am

A Cut Above

LUXURY HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS with exclusivity. But when it comes to classic luxury, there is nothing more timeless and rare than a perfect diamond. Laurence Graff, the 'King of Diamonds' and founder of London diamond house Graff, has spent his life in the pursuit of the most exquisite stones.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

David Thomas

'It's a 24-hour job as I'm on call all the time. I get up at 6.30am because then I have time to read the newspapers, usually The Daily Telegraph and The Times. I check the births, marriages and deaths so I can ring clients when I get to the office and congratulate them if they've had a child or commiserate if their husband has died.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Slice of life

From the South China Morning Post this week in 1953

After months of hectic preparation, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned amid impressive scenes at Westminster Abbey.

Grey skies did nothing to dampen the festivities as the bells of London pealed and guns thundered to salute the coronation of the new queen.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am

Jeweller rocks and not just for British royalty

Did you know some of history's most priceless jewels come from India? Just ask Britain's Windsor clan about their 105-carat Koh-i-Noor present. Here's your chance to see some precious gems from the Indian subcontinent. Bharany's of New Delhi, which describes itself as jewellers to royalty, is displaying a collection of their pricey rocks today and tomorrow at the Conrad Hotel's Caine Room.

26 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

The world's most famous diamonds

Star of Africa/ Cullinan Diamond

The largest rough diamond found in the world at 3,106 carats, it was discovered in South Africa in 1905. It was eventually cut into nine stones, including the largest gem diamond, the Cullinan 1, or Star of Africa, weighing 550.20 carats. The diamond is set in the British Imperial Sceptre and housed in the Tower of London.

3 Dec 2003 - 12:00am