Royal family in turmoil as Crown Jewels are stolen

Irene MckinneyAug 01, 2018

Two 17th-century crowns originally belonging to King Karl IX and Queen Kristina were stolen along with a royal orb, officials said.

The Daily Mail and the Swedish outlet Aftonbladet both report that the robbery took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Strängnäs Cathedral in southeastern Sweden, located about 50 miles outside of Stockholm.

The royal jewels are adorned with gold, precious stones and pearls, and come from the 1611 funeral regalia of Sweden's Charles IX and Kristina the Elder.

"I have talked to a person at the county administrative board that says that it is not possible to put an economic value on this".

Local media reported the items were stolen from a locked and alarmed display cabinet in the church. However, police spokesman Thomas Agnevik was optimistic that the difficulty in finding a market for these items would lead to their recovery.

Swedish Police said in a statement they've deployed helicopters and boats to search for the pair, who sped off in a motorboat into the vast system of lakes west of Stockholm.

Strangnas is a small, quiet town with a population of about 13,000.

The theft would be logged at Interpol, enabling an worldwide search, TT said.

He said the jewels were priceless and asked people to be on the lookout for the suspects.

Police tape is pictured at Strangnas Cathedral after thieves stole royal crowns from the 17th century, in Strangnas, Sweden July 31, 2018.

"I think it's terrible, it's despicable that people would steal from a holy building and take something of historic and monetary value".

Agnevik added: "But if they are pros, we may not get the items back or find whoever did this".

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