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[[caption-width-right:350:Her dress, tiara, and ermine cape let us know she's [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses a princess]], not a construction worker.[[note]]Though [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething she could work construction on the side]].[[/note]]]]

Despite what some would like to believe, there is no [[RoyalBlood inherent majesty in royalty]] that radiates off them, save for certain SpeculativeFiction stories. This is why they use special accessories to make their station clear to everyone looking at them. Since this is done in RealLife, why should fiction be any different?

As for fiction, TheLawOfConservationOfDetail means one of these can't show up unless it has ''something'' to do with royalty, however tenuous. The wearer could be actual royalty, or it could be a contest where the winner is given a crown and/or cape, hence being given a sort of recognition as royalty. (Or, of course, in a culture where the monarch selects the heir, it can be both.)

Of course in fiction, the ErmineCapeEffect is often applied, so royalty tends to wear one or more of these constantly, unless they are ModestRoyalty.

In European royalty, the most common ways to identify royalty are:
* '''[[CoolCrown A Crown]]'''. How can you have an AwesomeMomentOfCrowning without a CoolCrown? Okay, you can, but it just wouldn't be the same. Be it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circlet circlets,]] GemEncrusted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiara tiaras,]] or those big, fancy imperial crowns, a crown is probably the most commonly used symbol of royalty in the world.
* '''[[PimpedOutCape A Grand Cape]]'''. Any cape, robe, or overdress (which some queens wore as state robes) that is decorated with either [[PrettyInMink ermine, some other expensive fur]], or some other extravagant fabric or decoration ([[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold embroidery]] is also common). This is the second most commonly used way to identify royalty. In {{Theatre}}, it's actually preferable to a crown, [[BiggerIsBetter because it's larger and would of course be more visible to the audience]] (take the page picture). Some are larger than others; for example, the cape used for coronations of Russian emperors weighed 60 kg (150 lbs).
** Common colors for these robes are {{Gold|MakesEverythingShiny}}, Vermilion, Blue, and {{Purple|IsPowerful}}.
** In terms of ermine specifically, since the breakdown of [[DressCode sumptuary laws]], nobility and even sufficiently rich women have worn ermine garments, including capes. But in fiction, the grand sweeping capes are still almost exclusively for royalty.
** Adding [[SymbolMotifClothing symbol motifs]] to them is common, especially if it is part of a nation's crest or flag.
* '''[[CoolChair A Throne]]'''. which is the chair the royal personage sits on. In some early cultures this isn't a chair but some other kind of seat, like a stone. In some cases, like a few west African cultures, there's a stone inside the chair.
** There's also the Stone of Scone under the Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey. Not to be confused with [[Discworld/TheFifthElephant The Scone of Stone]].
* '''[[StaffOfAuthority A Sceptre]]'''. A staff with a fancy ornament on top. Fiction usually acknowledges that it's just there to look impressive, unless it's justified by having magic powers or using it as a weapon. Can vary in length. In some cases the sceptre itself may invest the bearer with the monarchy's authority, allowing them to deliver rulings without directly consulting the ruler. The sceptre is descended from a ceremonial mace, used to literally browbeat recalcitrant nobles back into line.
* '''A Royal Ring'''. Or course Royalty has plenty of rings, but in fiction TheLawOfConservationOfDetail applies, so if a ring is mentioned, it will have some significance. Often this is a way to identify the long lost heir, or as a way to mark [[PersonalSeals royal seals]] (as they often were used in RealLife), or sometimes [[RingOfPower they have magical powers]]. The royal seals are sometimes on a "Signet ring", which is very important. Some royal houses have Keepers of the Seal, whose job it is to guard the seal, although it usually is not on a ring in that case..
* '''An Orb'''. Usually carried only for coronations and the paintings thereof. Usually topped with a cross[[note]]which inspired the look of the "HolyHandGrenade of Antioch" in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''[[/note]]. The orb is supposed to symbolize God's rule of the whole world, and the ruler being chosen to enforce that control of their lands.
* '''PimpedOutDress'''. This is optional in modern times, but if the story takes place before the 20th century (or equivalent of the world the story is taking place in), a [[TheHighQueen queen]] or {{Princess}} will own at least a handful of these ([[PrincessesPreferPink usually colored pink]]), unless she has [[RebelliousPrincess run away]] or been exiled from royal life. And the [[BlueBlood peeresses]] will have their own fancy dresses, just never as grand as the royal ladies'.
* '''[[HighClassGloves Fancy Gloves]]'''. This is also an optional trope, but if the story takes place in the 1870-1914 period (e.g., Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda), the [[TheHighQueen queen]] or {{Princess}} will be wearing these (usually in white kid leather) on formal occasions.
* '''BlingOfWar'''. Same as above, but for kings and princes, if the setting is the 1700s or after. Often they will wear it even in times of peace.
* '''[[CoolSword A Sword]]'''. A suitably pimped out sword, which symbolises the ruler's role as protector of the people, as well as supreme commander of the military. And, of course, good for slicing up people who didn't respond to application of sceptre. Swords are ubiquitous in any medieval-type setting, but a sword is still a common piece of regalia.
* '''A key'''. Keys are rarely seen outside the context of a coronation, but are still used as a symbol of the king's possession of the land, as well as the king's rights as the utmost arbiter of law.
* '''[[RegalRuff A Ruff]]'''. Although this well-known collar isn't limited to royals, it's still incredibly fancy and a good indication that the wearer has a great deal of wealth and/or power.

%%If anyone knows common royal items in other cultures, please add them to the above list.

[[BlueBlood Nobles]] can also make use of regalia when they are working directly for the king, or when there is no monarch, to indicate the chief of a council of nobles. They wear special stripy mantles of their own, dependent on rank, and even have a coronet (a small crown with no arches) for very special occasions. Other times there is a DressCode dictating what regalia the royals and the nobles wear.

Also, in some fiction, these tend to have magical properties related to royalty. Even if not, [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes these will rarely be as heavy, delicate, or cumbersome in fiction as they are in real life]], unless it's explicitly mentioned as a TakeThat to royal life.

Compare ErmineCapeEffect, EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses, ImpracticallyFancyOutfit, GoldMakesEverythingShiny (which a lot of regalia uses).

''[[TropeCo/RequisiteRoyalRegalia This item]] is available in the TropeCo/TropeCo catalog.''

'''N.B. If a character simply wears one of these, it's probably best to just list that in ErmineCapeEffect. This works better if reserved for instances that we can state how they actually stand out in some way.'''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Senshi]] wear diadems (referred to as tiaras), given that they are all princesses, and Sailor Moon used hers as a weapon.
** Sailor Jupiter's also had a lighting rod built into it. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon original manga]] it is always present while reprints and TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] have it extend when she uses it.
** Non Sol Senshi have some form of Tiara or headgear as well. Lead Crow's Feather tied to her forehead, Tin Nayanako's goofy headgear with gold accents, the X shaped straps across Sirien's face, Galaxia's Headdress, Kakyuu's crown (if it can be called that) being the least Tiara like.
** The title character's weapon from the second season, the Cutie Moon Rod, is essentially a queen's scepter.(The Creator/DiC dub name is "Moon Scepter") Her weapon from the last season, the Eternal Tier, is a rod with the top resembling a crown.
** This is explicitly confirmed in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]. Neo-Queen Serenity has a scepter that is clearly based on the Cutie Moon Rod. Which she turns back into the Cutie Moon Rod and gives to the newly awakened Sailor Chibimoon for use in the final battle. When Sailor Moon's Cutie Moon Rod is broken in the battle Neo-Queen Serenity magically obtains a new scepter with a different design. She later has Chibi-Usa give Usagi a new weapon, the Heart Moon Rod, which is clearly what the new scepter is based off of. [[http://pics.livejournal.com/ruby_moon_1x2/gallery/000317sb?.view=grid For reference, see here.]]
* One of the accessories Ahiru gets when she turns into ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is a cute little crown shaped like a broken egg. Also, Mytho wears a crown and a cape when he's restored to his former princely self...[[spoiler:and he wears a small, black crown in his "[[EvilCostumeSwitch prince of the crows]]" outfit.]]
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' has tiaras in at least some of her outfits, as well. She is referred to as a "princess" at least once in both the anime and the manga (by different characters) -- this makes sense, considering the series is loosely based on ''Snow-White''; besides, it is a pun on her name, Himeno. She also gains an even more crown-like tiara when she achieves the form of the Legendary White Pretear.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has Ayeka wearing a tiara. However, you can barely tell what the hell it looks like because 99% of the time, it's covered up by her bangs. Oddly, none of the other royal females - Sasami, Funaho, Misaki, Seto, etc. - are shown wearing one. It does have a function, though, as it's the key to her spaceship, ''Ryu-Oh'', and allows her to perform various offensive and defensive attacks.
* In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', MarieAntoinette, and the two Louis, wear ermine capes to show off their authority. But when forced to speak to Madame [=DuBarry=], Marie is [[{{Melodrama}} so upset she flings her ermine cape away from her]], as if to show that [[RuleOfSymbolism she was unworthy at that moment]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', there was the Crown of Acorns, a major symbol of power created through the Source of All. It was bonded to the equally powerful Sword of Acorns and could be used by both the Acorn royals and those with powerful magical potential. The mainstream crown was destroyed by Sir Connery when he used his Sword of Light to destroy both corrupted Acorn items.
* Indeed, one of the few occasions where a scepter has a central role in a story is the {{Tintin}} tale ''King Ottokar's Scepter'', where the new King of Syldavia will be forced to abdicate if he can't find the titular object. It's all a front for an attempted Anschluss.
* There is an ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' comic that reveals that the staff of Tsarist Russia is a Piece of Eden.

[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the stained glass prologue suggests that the young prince not only answered the palace door himself, but did so while wearing his crown and carrying his scepter.
* The tiara belonging to the lost princess of Corona is a plot device in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}.''
* The three good fairies' final gift to Aurora in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is a "a crown to wear in grace and beauty, as is thy right, and royal duty." As she only learned hours before that she's a princess, she doesn't take it as well as they'd hoped.
* Merida's mother Eleanor wears a modest crown throughout most of ''Disney/{{Brave}}'', even after she's [[spoiler:turned into a bear]]. It's therefore very notable when she leaves it behind, and the fact that she doesn't wear one for the remainder of the film is a hint of her CharacterDevelopment. Merida herself, meanwhile, is very much less than pleased to be forced into royal regalia during the challenges to find her a husband.
* The Mickey-lookalike Prince from the Disney featurette ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' had a royal ring to prove his identity, even when he was dressed in peasant clothes. When he becomes king he gets the full treatment with an ermine cape, a crown, and a scepter.
* The Queen of England from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' actually uses her own antenna as a scepter.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* The Crown Jewels of Britain are stolen as a plot to steal the throne in the film ''Film/JohnnyEnglish''.
* In ''Film/EllaEnchanted'', the crown is poisoned so the EvilChancellor type could keep the rule for himself.
* In ''Film/EyesWideShut'', the rich, aristocratic Doctor Hartford (Tom Cruise) is advised by the girl (Creator/LeeleeSobieski) to buy a "cape lined with ermine" before going to the SecretCircleOfSecrets function.
* ''Film/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''. When we first meet the king and queen, they are in audience in the royal chamber and have all of their Regalia. In a later scene, when they're in private, they take it off; Gwendolyn's popping off her elaborate earrings in the middle of a line.
* ''Film/KingRalph'' had a family heirloom ring as proof that Ralph is next in line to the British throne.
* When Danielle is first presented to the French court as their new princess in ''Film/EverAfter'', she's wearing a gold crown and other finery; Prince Henry and his parents are also crowned for the occasion. Later, in private, both Henry and Danielle are dressed more simply.

* The world of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has quite a few royal lines and their respective regalia, with some notable examples:
** The Laurel Crown of Illian, which stands out as the only crown TheChosenOne Rand wears from a nation he conquers. He renames it the [[TitleDrop Crown of Swords]] because of inward-pointing blades hidden among the golden laurel leaves, appreciating that it's the one crown that actually represents TheChainsOfCommanding.
** [[WarriorPoet Lan]]'s sword is his ancestral weapon as Prince of Malkier, which fell to the Shadow in his infancy. It was forged with the One Power in the Age of Legends -- though, unlike [[CoolSword most such artifacts]], it's a plain sword for a common soldier. He also carries the signet ring of Malkieri royalty, [[spoiler:which he gives to his wife Nynaeve, who uses it to [[GondorCallsForAid rally the Borderlanders to his banner]] and [[RightfulKingReturns force him to reclaim his royal heritage]]]].
** The Lion Throne of Andor symbolizes one of the most enduring monarchies in the world and is the subject of legend, most notably that disaster befalls any man who would dare sit on it. [[spoiler: Two of Queen Morgase's male consorts try to supplant her and get horribly killed in the attempt, so there's a grain of truth to that.]]
** King Laman Damodred decided to carve a throne out of the Tree of Life that a nation of {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s gifted his country 500 years previously as a symbol of friendship. That brilliant idea jump-started the devastating Aiel War for the sole purpose of killing him.
** The most visible symbol of the Dragon Reborn is the crystal sword Callandor, which confirms Rand's identity to the world when he's able to draw it. It's also a terrifyingly powerful AmplifierArtifact [[spoiler:of both the One Power and the power of the Dark One itself, which is key to re-sealing the Dark One in the FinalBattle]].
** The Crystal Throne of the Seanchan Empire receives near-religious reverence from the citizens, thanks in part to it being enchanted to ''force'' anyone around it to feel overwhelming awe.
* In ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'':
** Valdemar has RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, who forego the trappings and simply wear extra-nice versions of normal Heralds' white uniforms. Their only other concessions to rank are circlets: gold for the Monarch, silver for the Heir.
** Once Tremaine takes the throne of Hardorn, he gets a goldsmith to make him a similar circlet. Unfortunately, he's still stuck with wearing the full crown for formal occasions.
** The Eastern Empire has an Iron Throne forged from the personal weapons of the monarchs of conquered nations.
* In Simon Spurrier's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/NightLords novel ''Lord of the Night'', ''Corona Nox'' -- the [[ItWasAGift gift]] of a primarch to his [[TakeUpMySword designated heir]]. [[spoiler:Or so he told the Space Marine he told to take it after his death.]]
* The title crown of Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', and the others of a set. The destruction of one such crown destroyed its nation. [[spoiler:They are part of a mind-controlling experiment on the planet. The Ice Crown greatly alters the new Queen's personality to get the experiment back on track. In the end, they destroy the control device; the queen is injured but appears to be recovering her mind in the {{denouement}}.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** The crown of Gondor is essentially a blinged-out war helm. The kings of the northern realm (and later the chieftains of the Rangers) make do with a tiara with a single large gem (the Elendilmir). By the end of the books, King Aragorn Elessar Telcontar ends up touting not just the crown, but the Ring of Barahir, the Sceptre of Annúminas, [[CoolSword Andúril]] and the Palantír of Orthanc.
** Also the Elessar (the green "elf-stone" that gave Aragorn one of his names) and the great standard that proclaimed him to be King of both Gondor and the North.
** The rings given by Sauron to nine kings of men. Didn't turn out so well.
** Also, in the movies, GrÃma sees Aragorn's ring (the Ring of Barahir) and tells Saruman about it, allowing Saruman to deduce Aragorn is Isildur's heir. (In the books, Aragorn gave the ring to Arwen about forty years beforehand.)
*** The ring was originally given to Aragorn's distant ancestor Barahir by the Elf king Finrod Felagund, after Barahir saved his life in battle. Barahir's son Beren takes the ring when him when he goes to find King Felagund and ask him to return the favor and help him get the Silmarils.
** the Sceptre of Annúminas, which is said to be the oldest manmade object in the world at that point. The backstory details that the sceptre, not the crown, is the primary regalia of royalty among Middle-Earth humans.
** There are a few objects still around that are even older, [[ExactWords but they're elf-made]], [[FromACertainPointOfView rather than manmade]]. The Ring of Barahir is perhaps the oldest of these.
** The throne of Gondor remains unoccupied. The Steward has a smaller chair under it.
** In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the Arkenstone is a fabulous jewel that the dwarves of Erebor adopted as their symbol of royalty. Unfortunately for them, it's also a symbol of {{Greed}} like none other.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "The Pool of the Black Ones", Literature/ConanTheBarbarian notes that the Black One that tortured one of the crew wore "a jeweled head-band."
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/{{Kull}} / Literature/BranMakMorn story "Kings of the Night", Bran's iron crown with its MineralMacGuffin.
* In addition to being exceedingly beautiful and resplendent, the Prince's Crown in ''Literature/QuestOfTheUnaligned'' is an incredibly powerful magical artifact. It seems to be the focus for the spell that magically binds each King and Queen to Caederan's magic, [[spoiler: and is also the only thing powerful enough to allow someone to become an orah or a hoshek]]
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Necropolis'', the Master Legislator uses his golden specter as a staff. This is also a sign that the vote on Sturm's tactics (which Gaunt and other generals have been shut off from comment on) is binding despite the excellent reasons offered against the plan after the vote.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', the coronation regalia include a sceptre and orb. They are supposed to react if the heir is improper, and they don't. More importantly, they are the sealants for the SealedEvilInACan; the queen had been assassinated precisely so they would be removed from the Royal Mound. WeatherDissonance soon shows up, and an Inquisitor and a squad of Space Marines must move to contain it.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' has the Four Thrones of Cair Paravel.
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The throne of Ankh-Morpork is unused by the ruling Patricians after the last King's beheading. [[spoiler:The current Patrician finds it perfectly symbolic that the throne is completely rotten wood beneath a layer of gold leaf.]]
** Also the Scone of Stone, a parody of the Stone of Scone, which the Low King of the Dwarfs must sit on during the coronation. In deference to its symbolic value, it's politely ignored that the Scone has crumbled and been re-baked any number of times.
** The Royal Sword is generally recognised as the symbol of the Ankh-Morpork monarchy. No-one's exactly sure what it looks like any more, though, but it's generally assumed it must be shiny and impressive-looking. So obviously it's not the perfectly ordinary looking but ''really sharp'' sword weilded by Captain Carrot of the Watch.
*** According to ''The Companion'', during the period of messiness towards the end of the monarchy, there were any number of True Royal Swords showing up in the hands of various nobles. In the case of King Blad, Scourge of Dolly Sisters, this was two peices of wood nailed together.
** The Crown of Lancre plays a significant part in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', even though it looks really tatty next to the fake crowns used by the strolling players.
* The Iron Throne of Westeros, from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', forged in dragonfire from swords from the kingdoms conquered by Aegon and his sisters. Aegon said that "[[TheChainsOfCommanding a king should never sit easy]]," so the sword points are still there in a number of places, and sharp. Crowns may be dime a dozen in this universe (even the pathetic upstart Theon Greyjoy had one made for himself), but the throne is unique, special and represents authority over all Westeros.
* In Literature/{{Dune}}, the Emperor's throne is carved from a single piece of rare quartz. It's actually one of the few pieces of regalia they allow themselves; to show off their command of the Sardaukar (the reason they have the throne in the first place), the Corrino Emperor Shaddam IV wears military uniforms and displays the captured flags of defeated Houses.
* In the old space opera ''The Legion of Space'', the benevolently democratic government of the Solar System in the 30th century overthrew a dictatorial monarchical government that ruled the Solar System with an iron fist in the middle centuries of the Third Millennium. In the 30th century, the old throne, a huge chair cut from a single piece of purple crystal, sat empty and waiting...
* In the Empire of Man, from the ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series, the Imperial throne is an ancient spacecraft command chair used by the first Empress, who started out as a pirate captain. It still has all the nicks, scratches and burns from her final battle, and is occasionally refurbished to make sure they don't get worn away.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Satan gets himself a Pimped-Out Throne.
-->''on a Throne of Royal State, which far\\
Outshon the wealth of ORMUS and of IND,\\
Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand\\
Showrs on her Kings BARBARIC Pearl & Gold''
* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Barrayar has the Imperial Camp-Stool, rather than a throne.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'':
** The premier symbol of the King of Riva is the [[{{BFS}} sword of Riva Ironhand]], mounted above the throne. The entire country is built as a defense for the sword and the CosmicKeystone set in its pommel.
** In ''Polgara The Sorceress'', Prince Daran normally uses a chair set before the royal throne while serving as regent. When he needs to make a point, he dispenses with the chair and sits on the throne, with the Sword and Orb glowing above him.
* In ''The Basalt City Chronicles'', the full regalia of the Guardian Of The Crown is said to weigh close to forty pounds, most of it being gold jewelry. Tors Beers actually goes through a physical training regimen so he can wear it when he's confirmed the heir. Its weight symbolizes the weight of office. On the other end is the regalia of the Emperor: a medallion known as the Obsidian Flame. He wears the original during his coronation, and a copy for the rest of his reign. He is literally not required to wear anything else--but, as a matter of decency, they usually wear at least a loincloth. In fact, emperor Zaykar XXIII and Zaykar XXIV are known for flaunting their bodies to show off their physical prowess.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, the ruler of the Dragaeran Empire is orbited and protected by the Imperial Orb, the single most potent magical item in that world. Every citizen has a psychic link to the Orb, which filters the raw power of [[EntropyAndChaosMagic Chaos]] into Dragaeran sorcery. When it was temporarily lost due to Adron's Disaster, sorcery failed and there ''was'' no Empire for a couple of centuries. As a bonus, it's also a [[MundaneUtility perfectly accurate timepiece]].
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus is argued into wearing clothes befitting his social stature because it helps the princess maintaining her kingdom.
* In Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, the royal family of an [[FantasyCounterpartCulture alternate Britain]] wears the royal tartan of the local expy of Scotland as a sign of their sovereignty over that country. This is a BerserkButton for the Scots, who formally demand it back in the middle of a rebellion.
* Played for laughs in the Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith short story "Quest of the Gazolba." The crown of Ustaim is crafted from meteoric gold and unearthly jewels, topped with a magnificent stuffed Gazolba bird, and symbolizes the dynasty's right to rule -- which causes the King no end of trouble when an offended {{necromancer}} enchants the bird to come alive and fly off with the crown.
* In ''Literature/TheElenium'', the knights have to find the long-lost royal crown of Thalesia, which was thrown into a lake when its last bearer died to keep it out of enemy hands. The significance of the crown isn't the headpiece itself, but the elaborate sapphire carved in the shape of a rose. This is Bhelliom, and it's an incredibly powerful magic artifact.
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', the emperor always wears white, and only the emperor is allowed to wear imperial white. There are also some jewels that belong to the position. And rings. And, of course, the crown. Maia, who had never expected to become emperor, finds it rather overwhelming.
* In ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'':
** Notably {{averted|Trope}} by the Lord Ruler of the Final Empire. As an [[ImmortalRuler immortal dictator]] who founded the Empire and ruled it for a millennium under what he claimed was a [[GodEmperor divine mandate]], the one symbol of Imperial authority is ''him''.
** Following [[spoiler:the Lord Ruler's death]], one regional ruler adopts a simple circlet set with a bead of atium -- a {{Fantastic Metal|s}} of tremendous value to [[ComboPlatterPowers Mistborn]] for the limited precognitive powers it grants, previously controlled by the Lord Ruler alone.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Subversion in one of the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series. Blackadder believes he is about to be made a Lord and buys an ermine cape, only to find out it's made out of cats.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': As far as Joffrey is concerned, the royal crown might as well be a part of his body. He probably even wears it to bed.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' the King and Queen of Camelot each have a crown; the King's crown is a simple circlet with engravings, whilst the Queen's crown is much more elaborate, with plenty of jewels.
** Uther has two crowns, the gold circlet and a more typical crown. Arthur's new one is rather typical but not the same as Uther's.
** Lady Morgana and Princess Mithian wear ermine capes.
* ''Series/PairOfKings'': Each King got a RingOfPower. If somebody who's not of Royal Blood wears one, it'll forcefully lead the wearer to the closest royalty member around.
* Even though Lwaxana Troi from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' wasn't explicitly royalty, she might have been, with all her bragging about heirlooms, including "Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed".
** At least in the ExpandedUniverse, she's made out more explicitly to be nobility... Though going by some of her daughter's comments it seems this doesn't actually ''mean'' a whole lot on contemporary Betazed, and those Holy Rings are probably a lot less impressive than they sound; the Sacred Chalice of Somewhere-Or-Other she's slso Guardian of is an old pewter pot she keeps in the back of her closet.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has quite a few of these as magic items.
** The Circlet of Blasting, which fires a maximised Searing Light once per day.
** The Helm of Brilliance, a crown-like helmet encrusted with magnificent gems, which provides a suite of powerful fire- and light-based powers. D&D's spiritual successor ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' attributes the first Helms to the Incorruptible Pharaoh of ancient Osirion, who granted them as signs of favour to the greatest members of his court -- including a [[ExplosiveLeash kill switch]] in case they tried to betray him.
** In a 2nd edition book about magic items, there is the "Cloak of Lordliness", which for humans, is an ermine cape. It gives modifiers to persuasion rolls.
** The queens of the [[FairFolk Seelie and Unseelie Courts]] sit on throne guardians, dragon-shaped constructs loaded with magical power. It's not just impressive, it will [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fey/20021213a kick your butt]]. Its abilities include MindReading and time stopping.
** The Regalia of Good and Evil are matched sets of crown, scepter, and orb, imbued with powerful enchantments that amplify each other's effects. The former are crafted from [[{{Mithril}} mithral]] and crystal; the latter are [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver grimy]], [[WreathedInFlames fiery]], {{chain|edByFashion}}-draped, {{spik|esOfVillainy}}y iron -- in case people needed clarification on which person's the villain, perhaps.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** King Thorgrim [[TheMagnificent Grudgebearer]] has an extremely special crown worn by every dwarf High King, and just in case anyone would confuse it with another oversized solid gold crown it has magical runes on it. He is also [[TooImportantToWalk carried into battle]] on a throne that seems to be made of gold, magic, and awesomeness.
** [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogre]] Overtyrant Greasus Goldtooth has a unique crown hammered into his skull, boosting his intelligence beyond that of your [[DumbMuscle average ogre]]; a scepter bigger than a man; and a throne carried by dozens of [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Gnoblars]].
** The phoenix crown was such a symbol until the [[ElvesVersusDwarves dwarfs stole it from the elves]].
** The king of Brettonia has one as well but it's not quite as fancy as the others.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' [[SerialEscalation goes a little over the top]] with the Golden Throne, which is an ultra-advanced life support system supposedly keeping [[PhysicalGod The Emperor]] barely alive for ten thousand years and counting. Supposedly. It's roughly the size of a city.
* The [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs10/i/2006/080/e/3/The_Scarlet_Throne_by_MelUran.jpg Throne]] of the Scarlet Empress from ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is probably her most notable regalia piece, being a huge piece made from the intertwining bodies of the Five Elemental Dragons. It's noted to have lost quite a bit of its mystique in the years that the tiny and pathetic Regent has been sitting in it. Figuratively. The only time he tried to actually sit in it, the throne nearly bit his head off.
* ''TabletopGame/EmpireOfThePetalThrone'''s Tsolyani empire has the legendary [[http://www.tekumel.com/tektalesTPT.html titular artifact]], a giant rose crafted from perfect stone in impossible detail. To the [[DeathByIrony lethal]] surprise of the first tyrant to claim it, it also closes up in the moonlight...

* Often shows up in productions of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays, particularly the histories, which focus on English Kings. Theatre/RichardII generally goes all in on this trope. Other common recipients of the regalia are Theatre/KingLear, [[Theatre/LovesLaboursLost Princess Katharine]], and [[Theatre/AntonyAndCleopatra Cleopatra]] (in the Egyptian equivalent).
* The appeal of this is discussed in song in ''Theatre/TheGondoliers'':
-->Then one of us will be a Queen,\\
And sit on a golden throne,\\
With a crown instead\\
Of a hat on her head,\\
And diamonds all her own!\\
With a beautiful robe of gold and green,\\
I've always understood;\\
I wonder whether\\
She'd wear a feather?\\
I rather think she should!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The logo for ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' had a crown in the background, given that the subtitle for that game is "Journey of the Cursed King".
** Also in that game, a [[MascotMook King Slime]] is stuck in a well, and you can free it by removing the crown, allowing it to turn into regular slimes. You also get to keep the crown as armor.
** Way back in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', one of the kingdoms has its crown stolen by a thief. Upon retrieving it, the king actually offers to let your hero rule in his stead, leading to a temporary NonStandardGameOver if you accept. [[spoiler: (You can reverse it by just tracking the king down (he's hanging out in the casino) and having him take the kingdom back.)]]
* ''VideoGame/Yume100'' is a {{bishounen}}-collecting ''mobage'' that's essentially based on a fetish for this trope. Many of the 4- and 5-star princes' awakened forms take this UpToEleven. However, there are also cards that go for different styles, such a punk, or sporty, or surfer looks, but even those tend to have way more decoration and fanciness than you'd see in real life.
* In ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'', the crown is the source of Hoborg's power. When it is stolen, he shuts down, and the player character must decide whether to return it or put it on and become the next king.
* Finding the princess's tiara in ''VideoGame/ShiningInTheDarkness'' is how you confirm where she is being held.
* Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series games.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Despite the crown seal, and robes, one of the most important items to the various Empires of Tamriel is the Amulet of Kings, a large red crystal worn on a gold chain. According to legend, it was created as the "Chim-el Adabal" by the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]] out of the crystallized blood of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] Lorkhan ([[IHaveManyNames also known by many other names]]), which was collected after falling from [[CosmicKeystone his heart]] as it flew across Tamriel, having been cut out by the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra]] (in vengeance for Lorkhan supposedly tricking them into sacrificing large parts of their divine power to create Mundus, the mortal plane), tied to an arrow, and fired across the continent. Following the [[SlaveRevolt Alessian Revolt]], in which [[FounderOfTheKingdom St. Alessia]] and her Nedic peoples (precursors to most of the modern races of Men) overthrew the (primarily) Daedra-worshiping Ayleids with the aid of the [[HornyVikings Nordic Empire]], [[TokenHeroicOrc rebel Ayleid lords]], and the [[HumansAreSpecial Aedra themselves]], Alessia made covenant with Akatosh, the [[DragonsAreDivine draconic]] TopGod of the Aedra. Akatosh imbued Alessia with his "[[DivineParentage dragon's blood]]" and placed her soul in the central stone of what is now known as the Amulet of Kings, symbolizing his pact with mankind. The Amulet of Kings [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield can only be worn by those of royal blood]], recognizing them as Alessia's (and Akatosh's) metaphysical heirs to the Ruby Throne of Cyrodiil and confirming those who can wear it as TheChosenOne.
** In every appearance in the series, Emperor Uriel Septim VII wears ermine-lined robes. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', where he is assassinated minutes into the game, you cannot loot the robes from his body as they are marked with an "Unplayable" flag. By using [[MasterConsole console commands]] or {{Game Mod}}s, it is possible to obtain the robes.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you can flat out take the royal robes as a memento of your [[TheKingslayer encounter]] with Emperor Titus during the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] questline.
* In the now freeware game ''VideoGame/CastleOfTheWinds'', thrones are very stationary one-use magical items once you get rid of the current occupant.
* Seen frequently in the ''VideoGame/DarkParables''. Unusually for the trope, however, the regalia is rarely shown being actually worn by one of the many RoyalBlood-ed characters roaming these games. More often, the scepters, tiaras, and so forth are {{Plot Coupon}}s which must be found and/or assembled by the detective, then used as keys or puzzle solutions to progress the story.
* In ''VideoGame/LoveNikkiDressUpQueen'', the White Queen suit from the Dream of Black and White event (inspired by the chess piece) has almost a complete set of regalia, including an ermine cape, crown, scepter and PimpedOutDress.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Tamuran}}'': [[http://www.tamurancomic.com/?p=161 They plan to strike the day their younger brother gets a crown.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad email]] "rampage", Strong Bad mentions going on a "Regal Rampage", which was him repeatedly smacking the King of Town with the king's own scepter, shouting "I bequeath thee! I bequeath thee! Ye have quivered me tuppence!" Um, [[DontTryThisAtHome don't actually try doing that to someone]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' 's White and Black kings carry scepters. These scepters bequeath size, power, and [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot prototypings]] to their bearers. [[spoiler:Also, the White scepter causes [[ColonyDrop the Reckoning]], and the Black scepter [[MacGuffin must be captured to stop said Reckoning]].]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* There was a cartoon where a prince was a rightful heir but just wearing the crown was enough to be king, and an evil chancellor stole it, and the prince was trying to get it back.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' Tucker's robot Little Dipper wins a crown in a competition, and it's like five sizes too big.
* King Pariah of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has a crown ''[[RuleOfCool made of fire]]''. He also adorns a royal ring. Both contribute to his strength...more so, that is; he's already quite powerful without one or the other.
* Averted with the Fire Nation in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Instead of a Crown the Fire Lord and his family wear hairpins of increasing ornateness to hold the topknots that are more or less standard issue for Fire Nation nobility. Avatar Roku also wore one, a gift from his ''[[HoYay friend]]'' Sozin.
** Although when [[BigBad Fire Lord Ozai]] [[spoiler: declares himself Phoenix King in preparation for his plans to destroy the Earth Kingdom and ensure total domination of the world]], he does give himself an ornate helmet.
* King Bumi in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' puts on robes that make him look almost like a fop. It's just part of his ObfuscatingStupidity.
** The Firelord's throne is made very intimidating by being ''on fire.'' And it has a huge gold dragon behind it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland''. The [[PrincessClassic Princess of Wonderland]] and [[Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda Alice]] wore an ermine trimmed cape. What makes this stand out is that there were quite a few {{Blooper}} shots with it. Some shots it was on her, and others it wasn't. Some shots the main part of the cape was [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]], and others it was white.
* Many of the {{Franchise/Disney Princess}}es wear crowns with their iconic outfits. Some of the dress variants of the princesses have them wearing fur-trimmed capes.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "Waiders of the Wost Tweasure". A queen had lost a royal heirloom, but everyone in the kingdom had ElmuhFuddSyndwome, so she called the heirloom "the wuby wings". So Baloo and his friend thought "ruby rings". Well they were actually wings made of ruby.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'': The supervillain Professor Princess (yes, that is her real name as well as her alias) wears a tiara and shoots some kind of weird energy blast out of her sceptre. It's got flowers and stars in it.
* The princesses of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' seem to settle for a crown-like tiara, hoofboots, and matching horse collars, which might be symbols of something. (Well, that, and manes/tails that glow and never stay still, and the whole winged unicorn bit.) Normally justified as being horses, it's hard to go for capes and other regalia. (Except that one of the main characters is a dressmaker..)
** Princess Platinum and King Sombra wore ermine robes. For the season 3 finale, Celestia and Luna wore special dresses and Celestia had a crown bigger than her head.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' had MAD steal a sword that was an essential part of the royal regalia of an oil-rich middle eastern nation. Without the sword, the young heir to the throne could not be crowned king, and MAD's representative could make a claim for the throne himself. Gadget was sent to get the sword back.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Beauty pageants usually give the winner a tiara (and sometimes an ermine cape and scepter) and she is called a beauty queen. Not royalty, but what the hell.
* The Iron Crown of Lombardy is not actually made of iron, but has a band of iron that was supposedly made from the nails taken from the True Cross. It was used by Lombard kings of Italy in early Middle Ages, but has been used by many Western European rulers as well for their coronation, including, most notably, Napoleon. It is now preserved at the Cathedral of Monza, nearly Milan.
* The Holy Crown of Hungary was supposed to have been sent by the Pope to St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary (where it really came from is a bit murky), and has been used in coronations of Hungarian kings since at least 12th century or earlier. Supposedly a symbol of the contract between St. Stephen and his successors and the divine force of the Virgin Mary, it was often said that instead of the crown being used to inaugurate the king, a king was found for the crown. It was among the European treasures found in Nazi custody in Austria by US troops in 1945 and was stored at Fort Knox until it was returned to Hungary in 1978. It is now preserved at the Hungarian Parliament building. It is recognizable by the crooked cross at the top.
* Will most certainly show up any [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning coronation]], even if the other accessories don't.
* The RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Edward%27s_Crown ultra-fancy crown that's probably the first image you think of when you hear "crown"]], is almost never worn by the British monarch, except during the coronation. Why, do you ask? Because the thing is ''fucking heavy''.
** She does have to wear the lighter but even more ultra-fancy [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_State_Crown Imperial State Crown]] every year for the Speech from the Throne. She has been observed [[ErmineCapeEffect eating breakfast and reading newspapers with the thing on her head]] on the morning of a State Opening of Parliament to get used to the weight (two pounds).
* Any contest that crowns a 'King' (rarely 'Queen' in sport) will often have this and a cape as props for the winner. American Go-Karting, for example, has 'King of the Streets', a race where the winner gets these (as well as some more useful prizes, like cash and test rides).
* UsefulNotes/ThePope is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] in that he has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_papal_tiaras_in_existence at least two dozen papal tiaras]] that he may wear--though no Pope has worn one since Paul VI, even if those tiaras were specifically given to a subsequent pope (yes, there is a Tiara of John Paul II and a Tiara of Benedict XVI made by donors, but they remain unworn).
** The Tiara of Tiara of Pope Pius VII (AKA the Napoleon Tiara) is noteworthy because it was made as a ''mockery''--Napoleon had it made too small and too heavy (''eighteen pounds!'') for the pope to wear, from materials Napoleon had taken from older Papal tiaras his troops had stolen and smashed, and had it inscribed with phrases praising Napoleon. These inscriptions were removed after Napoleon's fall, and the crown was resized so it could be used in coronations. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, most of the gems were removed and replaced with coloured glass on the orders of Pope Benedict XV--the real gems being sold to aid victims of the war.
** The Pope and Cardinals usually haven't in recent years, but have been known in the past to dress up in a rather royal fashion. (Not to mention the use of the RoyalWe that was abolished in 1978.) Since 1978, it's explicitly become a tradition for the Pope to ''not'' to be crowned, though 22 very elaborate Papal "tiaras" (actually [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IbpK-GhiWSc/TKghZrbmnII/AAAAAAAACQM/YTpeZ8_2S0M/s1600/Palatinetiara.jpg silver beehives with ''three'' gold Gem Encrusted crowns stacked one on the other]]) worn by past Popes still exist and the option is left open for any future Pope to have a coronation rather than the less formal inauguration.
** UsefulNotes/ThePope's seemingly royal regalia include the sedan chair or ''sedia gestatoria'', the papal throne, the papal cross (a staff with three crossbars rather than the two bars of an archbishop's patriarchal cross), the ''falda'' and ''mantum'' (which require trainbearers due to their length), the ''flabelli'' (giant ostrich-feather fans), and the umbraculum (a large red-and-gold umbrella/canopy).
** Heck, even many Catholic bishops have the right to use some pretty amazing robes and capes.
** Does the [[{{Thememobile}} Popemobile]] count? It should.
* Traditional Scandinavian brides. The term "bridal crown" was coined during the seventeenth century and onwards, leading to elaborate silver crowns worn by brides in rural areas for hundreds of years. Some of those were handed down as heirlooms, and are, as a rule pretty heavy. Traditional weddings were meant to last for ''three days'', and the bride ditched the crown after the first day, in an elaborate ritual replacing the crown with the garments meant for married women. The understatement was that the bride was "royal" on her wedding day. Predictably, the bridal crown has picked up the same retroactive symbolism as a white dress, with some people arguing about whether a given bride “entitled” to wear the crown.
* Every parliamentary body in Canada has a Ceremonial Mace which represents the power and authority of the reigning monarch. It's only a "sorta" example because they aren't actually requisite for Queen Elizabeth II herself. Instead, it's required for the actual business of Parliament to proceed. Without the Mace, a Provincial or Federal Parliament isn't even allowed to ''sit down''.
** The ceremonial mace is common in most English-speaking legislatures; the UK parliament at Westminster started the tradition (the Mace of the House of Commons -- Cromwell apparently asked for 'that fool's bauble' to be removed as he angrily dismissed the Rump in 1653, but it didn't take), and the new devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly both have very cool-looking, postmodern maces. The Australian House of Representatives and various other Commonwealth legislatures also have maces. Even the United States House of Representatives has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mace_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives a mace]]: thirteen ebony rods bound with silver (echoing the ''fasces'' of the Roman Republic) topped with a silver eagle on a globe; this is a subversion, because the US is, of course, a republic, with no king.
*** If you're wondering why the US House has a mace, recall that the US was once a collection of thirteen British colonies, most if not all of which had maces in ''their'' legislatures. It just didn't seem ''right'' that a directly-elected legislature would meet without a mace. Why this logic didn't apply to the Senate is unclear, but perhaps the Senate, whose members were elected by the state legislatures at the time, was seen as more of a diplomatic-like body.
** Every Commonwealth governmental assembly has a Royal Mace as part of the way that the commonwealth works. The (British) Houses of Parliament have three, two in the house of Lords. In 1965 the (then over 160 year old) Royal Mace of the Bahamas was thrown from the building by the opposition leader over the way the party in power was redrawing the constituency borders (he claimed they where trying to dilute his party's voter base). It worked, they could not go on until the mace was retrieved.
* While still a Republic (mostly), in RealLife, Roman Consuls (whom scholars of the Roman constitution agreed had "kingly" authority, i.e. equivalent to the authority of the old Kings of Rome) could have men called ''lictors'' walk with them bearing scepters called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasces Fasces]]'' as a symbol of their authority. They were essentially a bundle of reeds, representing strength in unity (one reed breaks easily--a bundle does not). The ''fasces'', when outside of the city limits of Rome, had an axe lodged in with them, as a symbol of Rome's ultimate authority. The ''fasces'' later became a potent symbol for later republics, and they were extensively used in the national symbols of both the French and American republics. This probably kept the ''fasces'' from becoming losing its acceptability as a symbol after it lent its name to "fascism", unlike [[NoSwastikas a certain other, much older symbol]].
* The ceremonial crook-and-flail were symbolic items associated with ancient Egyptian royalty.
* RealLife has the British throne, which has a slot for the aforementioned Stone of Scone (pronounced 'skoon'). The Stone was the Scottish symbol of lordship. Every so often they seem to ask for it back..
** In response to which, the Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland in 1996. It is kept in Edinburgh Castle. It will be shipped back to Westminster Abbey in London, temporarily, for the next coronation.
** The British Monarch actually has no less than thirty-three thrones (possibly more) in active use, with at least one in each Commonwealth Realm for use in opening the national legislature; "at least one", because the federal Commonwealth Realms (Canada and Australia) also have thrones in each of their sovereign constituent units (provinces and states, respectively), and Britain plays host to not only St. Edward's Chair--the throne on which the monarch is crowned in Westminster Abbey--but also the throne in the House of Lords from which she/he delivers the annual Speech from the Throne at the State Opening of Parliament. (Obviously, the monarch doesn't necessarily sit most of these very much; the Commonwealth Realms in particular have their Governors-General[[note]]Or in Canadian provinces and Australian states, Lieutenant-Governors and Governors, respectively[[/note]] occupy the seat). In many cases, the throne is not particularly fancy.
* Charlemagne's (The Holy Roman Emperor) throne sits in Aachen Cathedral in Aachen, Germany.
* The official Swedish throne (that has not been sat on for quite a while, despite Sweden still having a royal family) is known as ''The Silver Throne'' (no relation to Lewis' Literature/TheSilverChair).
* The Mughal Peacock throne which was stolen by Persians and subsequently acted as the throne of the Persian royal family was a particularly audacious example of this.
* Ivan the Terrible's Ivory Throne is kept in the Moscow Kremlin, along with several others (including the throne of Nicholas II in the St. Andrew's Hall of the Kremlin, which is considered ''the'' throne of Russia, kept vacant but intact in the style of Gondor and Ankh-Morpork). Several more Russian thrones are in St. Petersburg and former imperial residences in its vicinity.
* A new sultan of the Ottoman Empire was inaugurated by being "girt with the Sword of Osman," which purportedly belonged to the Ottoman dynasty's founder.
** The Empire was more likely to go in for a NiceHat than a crown. The sultan and grand vizier are almost always depicted wearing large, lavishly decorated turbans that, in what may or may not be artistic exaggeration, are sometimes twice the size of their actual heads. As mentioned above, the important piece of regalia was the Sword of Osman.
* The UK has ''five'' of these used in the coronation; of these, the Great Sword of State, is truly gigantic, has a fancy handle, and is also carried before the Sovereign at the State Opening of Parliament.
* The Emperor of Japan used to display [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusanagi Kusanagi no Tsurugi]], the Grass Cutter Sword, as one of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan. The sword was supposedly lost in a sea battle, but is apparently hidden by Shinto priests.
* Eighteenth century monarchs often pointedly avoided wearing military uniforms. After all soldiers were the king's ''servants''. For yet other monarchs, though, this constituted their standard clothing, on the grounds of AuthorityEqualsAsskicking.
* As noted above, during the late Victorian era and through the end of TheEdwardianEra (roughly 1870 through the beginning of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI), female monarchs and noblewomen almost always wore OperaGloves at any even remotely formal occasion. This continued to be quite common into the 1960's (check out pictures of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret from the 1950's, for example) but has become comparatively rare in current times. It was, from Medieval times to after the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the done thing for women to wear some sort of gloves as part of their formal wear, mind- in fact both ladies and gentlemen for a long time wore them whenever they went outdoors (probably originally to keep the skin of their hands in good condition, especially as the gentry rode horses). Whether they were opera gloves or something shorter was subject to fashion.)