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<p>The Crown of Charlemagne was the ancient coronation crown of Kings of the Franks, and later Kings of France after 1237. It was probably originally made as a simple circlet of four curved rectangular jewelled plates for Charles the Bald, but later, four large jewelled fleur-de-lis were added to these four original plates, probably by Philip Augustus around 1180 and surmounted by a cap decorated with precious stones. At this time a similar but open crown, the one of the queen, existed too. One of them was melted down in 1590 by the Catholic League during the siege of Paris. The remaining crown was used up to the reign of King Louis XVI, who was crowned in 1775 in the Cathedral in Reims. French kings had also their personal crowns, worn after the coronation, during the banquet, like Saint Louis, Henry IV or Louis XIV, which were later donated to the treasury of the Abbey of Saint Denis near Paris, the traditional burial place of the Capetian dynasty.
Only one of the personal crowns remain, manufactured for the coronation of Louis XV in 1722, the Crown of Louis XV. But the coronation crown, the Crown of Charlemagne, was destroyed in the French Revolution, like some of the mediaeval</p>

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