Royal Crown Jewels Stolen


Source: EPA

Speedboat-driving thieves have made off with priceless crown jewels belonging to the Swedish royal family.

According to Reuters, a pair of thieves stole two crowns and an orb – 17th century funeral regalia of King Karl IX and his wife Queen Kristina – from a glass case at a cathedral near Stockholm. They fled the area in a speedboat on nearby Lake Mälaran.

Dating back 400 years, the jewels were burial crowns to mark King Karl IX’s death in 1611. According to Sky News, the jewels were later exhumed and put on display.

Reuters are reporting the crown jewels are adorned with gold, precious stones and pearls and although police have not been able to locate the thieves or the stolen goods they do have “high hopes” the jewels will be recovered.

“What usually happens with this type of object is that they are recovered sooner or later, because there are very few people who are prepared to handle such items,” police spokesman Thomas Agnevik told Reuters.