Irish Sword of State Royal Collection

The Office of Public Works is hosting the Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image Exhibition at Dublin Castle.

This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle through grand architecture, stately ceremonies and fine furnishings, and reflects on the later use of that image in the formation of independent Ireland.

This exhibition sees the return of the Irish Sword of State, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.

This precious object, which is usually on display in the Jewel House at the Tower of London, was made in 1661, is of exceptional significance in Irish history.

For 261 years, the Sword symbolised the authority of the King or Queen in Ireland and was the centrepiece of great Irish ceremonial occasions.